Go Auto, which handles the Haval brand of vehicles from China, aims to help transform Malaysia into a regional manufacturing hub for electric vehicles (EVs) as well as related components when electric buses are introduced. According to the company’s Executive Director, Dato’ SM Azli SM Nasimuddin Kamal, the EV prototypes are near completion.
“Go Auto is entrusted to supply electric buses worth RM30 million by the Melaka state government. The first batch of the vehicles is expected to be handed over before the end of 2017. We are also in final discussions for several new projects involving electric buses,” he said.
Go Auto’s involvement in developing EVs and high technology components is in support of the prevailing National Automotive Policy (NAP) that was implemented in 2014. The NAP projects a 10% share of EVs in the Total Industry Volume of new vehicles by 2020.
This indirectly puts Go Auto among the leading companies that are committed in developing the EV ecosystem. “We are proud to be given the trust. We are committed in developing the EV components for the Malaysian and ASEAN markets,” said Dato’ SM Azli.
“To ensure that the production of the components goes smooth, we have decided to collaborate with companies like Microvast, a battery manufacturer for EV vehicles from the United States, and Higer, a bus manufacturer,” he revealed.