Many would know by now that Malaysia is committed to becoming an EEV (Energy Efficient Vehicle) hub in the region, which takes into account the energy efficiency of the entire industry ecosystem and rolling out cars that are to make use as small amounts of fuel and as emit as little carbon dioxides as possible. Nevertheless, what matters most is that the NAP 2014 makes energy efficient vehicles more affordable for consumers thanks to the subsidisation by the government.
An EEV vehicle is defined as vehicles that meet defined specifications in terms of carbon emission level (g/km) and fuel consumption (l/100km) – regular Motor Trader readers would notice by now that most cars with the EEV status would typically provide good performance with frugal fuel consumption. This includes fuel-efficient vehicles, hybrids, plug-in hybrids, EVs and alternatively fuelled vehicles like CNG, LPG, Biodiesel, Hydrogen and Fuel cell.
In the immediate future, Hybrids, Plug-in hybrids and EVs will become the next big thing in personal transportation, which is why premium automakers like Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Volvo are putting full attention into producing cars fitted with powertrains supported or run solely on electricity to cope with the rising demands from consumers. This means that manufacturers have added additional steps to not only fit their cars with the new hybrid powertrains seamlessly alongside the regular models but most importantly to ensure the safety of its workers, customers and emergency response teams.
Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) hosted a media visit at its Pekan Production Plant to learn more on the production process of the Mercedes-Benz C350e and the latest E350e. The tour covered specialised requirements placed to produce a Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) including upskilling staff, tech