Malaysia Airports (MAHB) has leased two units of the battery-powered Renault Zoe to be used and tested at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport as part of its long-term plans in reducing carbon emissions, Bernama reports.

According to the airport operator, the move to adopt the EV is also in-line with plans to optimise operational costs and sustain the current Airport Carbon Accreditation at Level 3 Optimisation, as certified by the Airport Council International.

MAHB said it was looking forward to increasing the number of EVs in its fleet if data compiled from the current usage proves favourable. “Malaysia Airports aims to replace the currently leased fuel cars to EVs as they can contribute to the reduction of 19,000 kg carbon dioxide emission produced per car per year,” the company said.

Introduced in Malaysia by Renault distributor TC Euro Cars in March 2016, the Zoe is a B-segment five-door hatchback-sized purpose built EV that made its global debut in 2012. The Zoe’s 87 hp/220 Nm e-motor is powered by a 22 kWh lithium-ion battery positioned flat across the vehicle floor. Range is 210 km, while 0-100 km/h takes 13.5 seconds. Top speed is 135 km/h. It was priced at RM145,888 OTR without insurance.

Last year, the Zoe was updated with the new R110 electric motor, which bumped figures up to 108 hp, 225 Nm and 0-100 km/h in 11.4 seconds. Now with a 41 kWh lithium-ion battery, claimed range is up to 300 km. MAHB’s two units should be the original version with the R90 motor.

GALLERY: Renault Zoe EV in Malaysia