Neta V – cheapest EV in Malaysia at RM99,800, plus RM10k cash voucher; 380 km range, 120 km/h max

Chinese electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Neta has officially made its debut in Malaysia, and the first model being offered here is the Neta V. Distribution of Neta cars is handled by Intro Synergy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of GoAuto Group which signed a deal with Hozon New Energy Auto.

Priced at RM99,800 on-the-road without insurance, the Neta V Deluxe is now the cheapest EV in our market. As part of a special promotion, the first 100 customers who make a booking online will receive a cash voucher worth RM10,000 to further reduce the price down to RM89,800! According to Intro Synergy, deliveries will begin in the third quarter of this year. If you want one, you can book it online now for RM1,000.

For the money, you’re getting a CATL-sourced ternary lithium battery with an energy capacity of 38.54 kWh that is good for a range of 380 km following the NEDC standard. The Neta V supports AC charging (Type 2) at a max of 6.6 kW, with a full charge taking eight hours.

It can also do DC fast charging (CCS2) at 100 kW to get the battery from a 30-80% state of charge in just 30 minutes. Users can also use the crossover to power accessories and electronic devices via the vehicle-to-load (V2L) system capable of delivering as much as 3.3 kW.

Neta V – cheapest EV in Malaysia at RM99,800, plus RM10k cash voucher; 380 km range, 120 km/h max

For propulsion, the Neta V sports a front-mounted electric motor rated at 95 PS (94 hp or 70 kW) and 150 Nm of torque. The carmaker quotes a 0-50 km/h time of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 120 km/h with these modest outputs.

In terms of dimensions, the Neta V measures 4,070 mm long, 1,690 mm wide, 1,540 mm tall and has a wheelbase spanning 2,420 mm. For context, the Perodua Myvi is 3,895 mm long, 1,735 mm wide, 1,515 mm tall and its wheelbase is 2,500 mm. The protruding rear end of the Neta V also means you get 335 litres of boot space.

The Neta V is only offered in one variant that comes standard with 16-inch alloys (with 185/55 profile tyres), automatic halogen projector headlamps, LED DRLs, LED taillights, keyless entry and start, leatherette seat upholstery, a 12-inch digital instrument panel, automatic air-conditioning with a HEPA N95 air filter, an electronic parking brake and a reverse camera.

Infotainment is accessed via a 14.6-inch central touchscreen, with audio playback handled by a six-speaker sound system. Users will also be able to project their phone screen to the large, portrait-format screen should they wish. For added convenience, there’s a dedicated USB port at the bottom of the rear-view mirror to power a dashcam.

Neta V – cheapest EV in Malaysia at RM99,800, plus RM10k cash voucher; 380 km range, 120 km/h max

Safety-wise, the Neta V only comes with two airbags and the usual array of passive systems such as ABS, EBD, brake assist, traction control and ESC. You don’t get active driver assistance systems such autonomous emergency braking and lane keep assist, but you do get hill start assist, a tyre pressure monitor and passive cruise control.

Five colours are offered, namely Sakura Pink, White Storm, Sky Blue, Cyan and Midnight Gray. Each purchase is accompanied by a 10-year body warranty as well as a five-year, 150,000-km general parts warranty. As for the electric powertrain, it is covered by an eight-year, 180,000-km warranty. Remember, if you want the RM10,000 discount you have to be the first 100 to book it. You can book it online now for RM1,000.

So, what do you think of the Neta V? Given the low price point, would you consider the EV as a city runabout? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

GALLERY: 2023 Neta V Malaysian brochure and spec sheet