Daihatsu Ayla EV Concept unveiled at GIIAS 2022 – electric Perodua Axia with 32 kWh battery, 80 hp motor

Daihatsu Ayla EV Concept unveiled at GIIAS 2022 – electric Perodua Axia with 32 kWh battery, 80 hp motor

Astra Daihatsu Motor has unveiled the Daihatsu Ayla EV Concept at the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) 2022 at BSD City just outside of Jakarta. Yup, this showcar’s concept is as straightforward as its name – this is a battery-powered version of the Daihatsu Ayla, which is of course the Indonesian sister to our Perodua Axia. There’s also a Toyota-badged version called Agya.

Built by ADM at its R&D centre in Indonesia, the Ayla EV Concept swaps out the regular Low Cost Green Car’s 1.2 litre 3NR-VE four-cylinder engine and gearbox (Ayla is available with 5MT or 4AT), fuel tank and spare tyre for an electric powertrain. The latter is a combo of a 60 kW (80 hp) electric motor and a 32 kWh EV battery. No further details are given.

To give you a benchmark, the MINI Cooper SE – the EV with the shortest range currently on sale in Malaysia – has a 28.9 kWh battery that delivers a claimed range of up to 232 km, although real-world range is below 200 km. The Ayla EV is sure to be lighter, and it has a much less powerful motor too.

Daihatsu says that it also fitted the Ayla EV Concept with stronger suspension. This is likely due to the electric version weighing a fair bit more than the original ICE car, as EVs always do. ADM also worked on the car’s underbody. They didn’t elaborate, but perhaps it’s a smooth, fully-covered underbody for safety and aerodynamics.

Looks wise, the familiar Ayla/Axia shape is apparent on this silver-black showcar, but with a closed-off front end typical of EVs, as they don’t need so much cooling. We also see LED light bars that go all the way to the logo (Mk8 VW Golf-style), camera-style wing mirrors (screens inside show live feed), a digital meter panel and twin-bar LED tail lamps. Aero two-tone wheels, too.

Is an Ayla EV or Perodua Axia EV just around the corner? Most possibly not, as this is merely a simple concept for now, with the ICE bits thrown out for an electric powertrain.

However, it’s a sign of intent from Daihatsu-Perodua, proving that EVs are indeed in their long-term plans for our region. “By exhibiting these vehicles, Daihatsu will convey its approach of promoting the sustainable spread of practical electrified vehicles to visitors. It will also communicate its corporate commitment to contributing to the realisation of carbon neutrality in Indonesia,” Daihatsu said.

As we’ve seen with the just-revealed Toyota Vios and the Perodua Ativa/Daihatsu Rocky (click on the links to see the early Daihatsu concepts), GIIAS concept cars could very well morph into future production models. An affordable Perodua Axia EV for the masses – what do you think?

VIDEO: Daihatsu Ayla EV Concept unveiling

GALLERY: Daihatsu Ayla EV Concept

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Danny Tan

Danny Tan loves driving as much as he loves a certain herbal meat soup, and sweet engine music as much as drum beats. He has been in the auto industry since 2006, previously filling the pages of two motoring magazines before joining this website. Enjoys detailing the experience more than the technical details.



  • Will paultan have a team on site covering GIIAS 2022?

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    • sohai on Aug 11, 2022 at 4:59 pm

      Only intetested to know isnt PoTwo selling rm39k at Bolehland? Because china chili EV is selling rm39k at Chinaland.

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      • Lampu on Aug 11, 2022 at 9:15 pm

        Nice, like that Proton Iriz EV can start rm39k

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      • Celup King on Aug 12, 2022 at 12:12 am

        Dont hold ur breath for it. P2 have been telling us they will be coming out with hybrid for the last 19 years so for EV it will be man man lai and it will cost you ur arms, legs & kidneys.

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  • ThePolygon on Aug 11, 2022 at 4:49 pm

    Perodua please faster… bring this in.

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    • Axia Electric on Aug 11, 2022 at 9:49 pm

      Perodua should sell the separate EV conversion kit plug n play on our Axia here.

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      • Bossku on Aug 12, 2022 at 9:45 am

        But it cost 90% of new EV car, then better buy new with warranty and safer.

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  • Perodua cepatlar merealisasikan kereta ini dekat sini. Tuan Ibrahim and geng dah tak sabar nak naik EV cepat. Tak payahlar buang duit beli Mercedes lagi. Kalau dah keluar tak adalar alasan tak ada EV murah dekat Malaysia. Cuba bet wahai rakyat Malaysia, kalau EV ini keluar tahun depan, korang rasa geng lebai akan melobi kereta EV Perodua atau EQS?

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  • won’t you feel shame to use Perodua Axia in your title?

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    • Kancil Hybrid on Aug 12, 2022 at 11:53 am

      I feel shame thinking for so long P2 is a national car company on par with P1 but now I feel shame they are just rebadging from Daihatsu or Toyota.

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    • Raja Celup on Aug 12, 2022 at 12:43 pm

      Ertiga still the best name, so good no need to change it even on full rebadge version here. ;-)

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  • EV ke hybrid?

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