Thursday, March 17, 2011

Eclimo hopes to sell 40,000 scooters by end of this year

Eclimo, a wholly-Malaysian-owned outfit which produces two-wheel electric vehicles (EVs), plans to sell at least 40,000 scooters by the end of this year after their launch next month.

It is optimistic of this despite the fact that it has yet to get clearance from the Road and Transport Department (JPJ) to sell EVs in Malaysia.

"We are optimistic that we can get the approval from JPJ with the minister's (Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui) support," said Eclimo director KB Woo, referring to the minister who was present at the unveiling of the company's three electric motorcycles in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Woo said the first launch is slated within the next one to two months and it will be the scooter range, the ES11, targeted at the middle class to upper class market.

"Our target market would be 3 to 4 per cent of the total motorcycle usage, which is half-a-million Malaysians at present," he said.

The ES11 will be priced at RM10,000 and comes with a five-year warranty.

The company plans to launch two more electric bikes this year, the EB25 200cc and the ES10.

"We have not determined the price for these two models yet but rest assured they will be competitively priced," Woo said.

The EVs are made in Shah Alam, Selangor, while the batteries are produced by a locally-listed company.

"We also plan to export some of these EVs overseas, especially in countries where the cost of fuel is very high," he added.

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