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By • Nov 12th, 2010 • Category: Vehicles

Malaysians will get to ride on electric motorcycles or “green bikes” once the machines make their debut next year after Road Transport Act 1987 being amended to exempt the requirement for the machines to have engine numbers before they can be registered and comformed by the JPJ director-general Datuk Solah Mat Hassan. Electric motorcycles are expected to hit Malaysian roads as early as next year as the Act is awaiting its second reading. Currently There are two potential E-bike from Modenas and Eclimo company waiting for green light from JPJ for mass production their Modenas CTRIC and Penan electric Scooter respectedly and being on the road. 

eclimo scooter


The Electric motor features are both “green bike”  with is no carbon emission and using  lithium battery-powered machine which offers the same performance of a 125cc petrol-powered motorcycle. The Electric motorcycles price range between RM 4,000 to Rm 11,000.  Switch to electric bikes means save on maintenance expenses wich are no frequently engine services required, not much spare part needed and especially no fuel.


Modenas  electric motorcycle CTRIC vs Eclimo Penan electric scooter

modenas ctric

Modenas ctric moped:

National motorcycle company Motosikal Dan Enjin Nasional Sdn Bhd (Modenas) also said it was ready to launch its electric motorcycle within the next few months. Modenas CEO Bastamam Hamzah said its factory in Gurun had the capacity to assemble up to 500 units per month. “We have received a lot of enquiries from the public about the motorcycle,” he said. Bastaman said the target market would be those who usually travel within 35km to 40km. The motorcycle, known as CTRIC, would be powered by sealed lead acid gel battery and could hit a maximum speed of 110kmh. Modenas CTRIC selling price was expected to be below RM5,000.

 It comes with five batteries to power its 1kw motor. Modenas chief executive officer Bastaman Hamzah said it would take about three-and-a-half hours to fully charge the motorcycle. The motorcycle had been put through a rigorous test when the company organised a media test-ride to Gunung Jerai in Gurun, Kedah recently. According to reports, the motorcycle managed to reach the 1,217m-high mountain with ease.



Eclimo Penan Scooter:

Another manufacturer, Eclimo Sdn Bhd, will be offering Penan, an electric scooter that uses a rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery pack. Eclimo Sdn Bhd CEO Woo Kok Boon said the Penan, could travel up to 100 to 120km at an average speed of 50km/h when fully charged. “It takes about three-and-a-half hours to fully charge the battery. “The battery can be recycled at the end of its life span of about 100,000km for use in other applications,” he said. it claimed would offer a similar performance to a 125cc petrol-powered motorcycle. Woo expected the eclimo scooter penan price at  slightly above RM10,000.

Woo said a special feature of the motorcycle was its braking system which helped to recharge the battery. The selling point of the motor­cycle would be that the ownership cost is 50% less compared with a petrol-powered motorcycle as electric bikes do not need engine oil, air filter and spark plugs, and of course, petrol. Eclimo Sdn Bhd, said its appointed assembler Naza Bikes Sdn Bhd would only begin manufacturing once the guidelines from the Road Transport Department (JPJ) were out. “We need to know JPJ’s requirements for electric motorcycles to be allowed on the road,” said its CEO Woo Kok Boon yesterday.


source : the star

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