Perodua Axia Electric – EV Innovations MyKar 3.0 detailed, 220 km range, conversion as low as RM20k

Perodua Axia Electric – EV Innovations MyKar 3.0 detailed, 220 km range, conversion as low as RM20k

Two years after it unveiled its MyKar city electric vehicle concept, Malaysian start-up EV Innovations has come up with a new MyKar prototype dubbed the 3.0, and this one is based on a Perodua Axia.

The company, a subsidiary of local information and communication technology (ICT) provider System Consultancy Services (SCS), said work on the Axia Electric began earlier this year, with the project taking about a month to complete. The donor car is a base Axia, which has been stripped of its original combustion engine and drivetrain.

It its place inside the engine bay are the mechanical elements and electronics for the drive system, which sit on top of the 23 kWh capacity battery pack that provides the necessary juice. The battery offers about 220 km of travel on a full charge, and a six kW onboard charger means the unit can be juiced up in about four hours. The Type 2 AC charging port is neatly tucked behind the Axia’s fuel filler cap.

Unlike the original MyKar, which had its 10 kWh battery pack (later, 28.7 kWh in the 2.0 revision) located under the rear seat bench, the placement here was chosen because of the available space present and also because there was no need to tinker with the rear seats in any way.

Using an established platform, and only ditching the powertrain and drivetrain

As EV Innovations lead Ahmad Zaki Yaacob put it, the intent was to keep the project simple and retain much of the Axia’s functions and features as possible, showcasing what can be done in terms of a direct conversion. The seating remains stock, as are items like the side view mirrors, which in the earlier MyKar was made up of camera system and dual LCD screen viewers inside the car.

While the original MyKar had to utilise a solid-state air-conditioning system and a separate battery to power that, the Axia retains the use of its original AC system, with a 12 volt controller handling the necessary distribution for the AC as well as lighting elements and accessories, all running off the battery pack.

The inclusion of the electric drive system has added some weight to the car. The base Axia tips the scales at 820 kg, and electrification has added around nearly 70 kg to the mass. This puts it almost on par weight-wise to the previous MyKar, which featured a DK Composites fibreglass composite bodyshell – shaped along the lines of a Honda Jazz – siting on a ladder frame/tubular chassis fabricated by EV Innovations. That weighed 900 kg.

Same hub motors as before, but new controller and software

Like its predecessor, the Axia Electric is configured with a rear-wheel drive layout, and the two 12 kW hub motors are the same as that seen on the earlier MyKar, although a different controller is now used, the company saying that it is easier to implement.

The Axia rides on the same five double-spoke 14-inch alloys as seen previously, the choice of wheel size being to provide the necessary clearance for the hub motor. The configuration also means that the rear wheels visibly jut out from the side of the car, something that cannot be avoided with the hubs, despite the presence of a new axle.

Output remains as it was, at 24 kW (32 hp, but can double up to 48 kW or 64 hp at peak), while torque is now listed as 100 kg/m (980 Nm), although ratios mean that the pull numbers delivered will be lower than that. As for performance, the Axia Electric has a top speed of 128 km/h and a 0-100 km/h time of around 11 seconds, a substantial gain from the previous MyKar, which had a 104 km/h top speed and a 0-100 km/h time of 16.7 seconds.

Inside, the prototype is fitted with a large Android head unit mounted in the centre console. This offers not just telemetry display of the various parameters of the EV powertrain but also handles infotainment aspects. Elsewhere, a Jaguar-type small rotary dial in the centre is used to select the drive modes (R, N, D).

What a difference an established chassis makes

Like with the original, we had a short drive session with the Axia Electric, and the difference in housing what is essentially the same powertrain in a commercial, fully-formed monocoque chassis was readily apparent just a few hundred metres down the road.

For one, everything now felt more cohesive and car-like, not surprising given the kit car underpinnings of the previous MyKar. As before, the powertrain feels fairly responsive, tractable more than blistering. There’s a noticeable hum from the motors as you push off (and in the final stage of stopping), but once moving, the system moves the car smoothly up the speed range.

The drive wasn’t a long one, but it was still very easy to feel the sophistication injected by the inclusion of a proper chassis into the mix. Ambling along at 60-70 km/h, the car behaved and felt like a normal Axia, the stock suspension exhibiting good compliance on the whole, with only larger ruts catching out the rear in terms of stiffness.

We asked Zaki why the Axia was chosen instead of say, a Myvi, for the project, and his reply was that the car was picked because it was cheap, the intent also being to see how the system would shape up in a base level offering. In terms of development cost, the entire system (battery, electronics, motor, mechanical fabrication, battery tub and motor mounting) amounted to RM50,000, excluding the price of the Axia.

As before, EV Innovations is utilising the Axia Electric as a test bed to showcase the possibilities of the tech, the company saying that the modular system can be adapted to many cars, with the potential for EV conversions from ICE, should the law change for that in the future. He added that with enough scale, the price of such a system could drop to RM20,000.

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  • haiya on Sep 21, 2022 at 2:36 pm

    hub motor????? like china ebicycle… so cheapo!

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    • Raja Celup on Sep 21, 2022 at 3:34 pm

      Still need JPJ law amended to allow EV car conversion or sell it as new car model to circumvent the law.

      Perhaps EV Innovations & Perodua can collab to sell it as new EV line up and also conversion car as and when the JPJ law amended.

      Once the sales kicking up, extend it to Myvi, Aruz, Alza EV model also!

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      • sohai on Sep 21, 2022 at 4:27 pm

        Tak main celup punya, kita mau ori PoTwo EV Axia rm39k…

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      • Celup King on Sep 22, 2022 at 12:16 pm

        P2 substandard quality coupled with bengkel EV convert orz! Later stranded in flood how, or worse get electrocuted in your beloved celup P2 bengkel convert? Siapa mau bayar funeral?

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    • Random Passer-by on Sep 21, 2022 at 4:57 pm

      Hub motor isn’t always cheaper but it is far easier to install. They could have use a higher perf hub motor and bigger battery since the front engine bay have some space. All in all it’s mainly to show their workforce are capable to work on an ev kit car. Best case scenario is JPJ allow licensed/approved workshop for EV conversion since main risk of ev is safety since not much local people have the knowledge of EV tech.

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      • ktard on Sep 21, 2022 at 5:09 pm

        easier to install = less engineering isnt it?

        compare to indonesia’s ayla ev which uses a proper axle motor

        malaysia engineering kalah to indonnesia


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        • Anonymous on Sep 21, 2022 at 8:51 pm

          Ayla EV is engineered and built by Astra Daihatsu Motors, who builds 500,000 cars a year. They have the facilities, they have the revenue. MyKar is a completely independant EV startup who is probably not even 2% the size of ADM. They have to buy the cars they work on. But even with their miniature revenue and lack of a complete R&D facility, MyKar is able to re-engineer a car into a properly practical EV. Think about that.

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        • Akira on Sep 21, 2022 at 9:46 pm

          There are many advantage for in-wheel hub motor. Many electric bus and also some of the most advanced EV like Light-year One also use hub motor. They are more compact and can allow advance individual wheel torque and power control without complicated differential and clutches. Applied to all 4 wheels, you can even get much better AWD than Subaru.

          Of course, there are also disadvantage like it is more expensive to make a few motors instead of one big motor and also unsprung weight could be a problem for handling.

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  • James KWON on Sep 21, 2022 at 3:05 pm

    its the same Chinese Conversion kit that they used on the old ugly JAZZ body. its still good to see they did integration and not just rebadge another China EV and call it Buatan Malaysia!!!. Conversion kits are available online can buy and do like DIY.

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  • you can find hub motors and battery kits all over aliexpress…

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  • Mr Bigx on Sep 21, 2022 at 3:29 pm

    Again, they spent more time choosing the car rims rather than doing things properly…
    Also, what is that plastic washing machine piping underneath…?

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    • Mr. Sotong on Sep 21, 2022 at 4:14 pm

      For the wheels, my guess is the drive system added some offset so they had to find wheels that will balance it out.

      And that washing machine looking hose is most likely the cable from the charge socket to the onboard charger. They could have cleaned it up by routing it wihin the chassis but this is a prototype, where easy access to cables is probably the priority.

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  • autohan on Sep 21, 2022 at 4:19 pm

    there is a big gap between the doers and those who are google experts.

    Congrats to the MyKar team! Lots of work still to do but well done on the 3.0!

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    • Qamarl alwalid.... on Sep 22, 2022 at 2:50 pm

      true indeed. .. Malaysia bolihhhh…. n yet many Malaysian do little our engineering capabilities…

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  • ini tarak guna la sama itu macam ysuku elektrik last2 senyap saja just wasting time

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  • ThePolygon on Sep 22, 2022 at 8:35 am

    Well the gov did say wanna save on fuel subsidy and help the rakyat. Why not just legalize these type of conversion… of course JPJ needed for inspection after conversion else things gonna go berserk.

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  • Zizi Mai on Sep 22, 2022 at 9:59 am

    The biggest hurdle is the law & JPJ regulation. If this country have good capable leaders to make the EV transformation, this conversion can be made legal & approved for marketing & sales.

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    • Mohamedayub on Sep 22, 2022 at 6:46 pm

      Legalise so that production is cheaper and ordi ary rakyat can buy

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  • itai itai on Sep 22, 2022 at 6:13 pm

    where could I find more info about converting petrol car to ev ?

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  • Norijah Bidin on Sep 25, 2022 at 1:06 pm

    Just untuk promosikan pd anak buah

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  • impraktical on Oct 06, 2022 at 4:10 pm

    for city use still OK lah. but make sure AC cold during sunny days jam, else mati kena masak dalam kereta! Also 4 hours is OK as long as the car not used for balik kampung. Anyway, anyone can calculate how much to fully charge this car using home TNB rates? Is it really cheaper? or barely cheaper and all just hot gas?

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