Following a latest assembly with automobile components provider D-ACT in Japan, minister of funding, commerce and trade Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz was in Kyoto for a tour of Daihatsu’s manufacturing plant that was designed based mostly on the ESG (environmental, social and governance) agenda.
Throughout his time there, discussions had been held regarding Daihatsu’s long-term funding plan in Malaysia, particularly for electrical automobiles (EVs) in addition to vitality environment friendly automobiles (EEVs). As everyone knows, Daihatsu has a detailed relationship with Perodua right here, and the latter has already expressed its imaginative and prescient of an EV with the Electrical Movement On-line (EMO) idea that debuted final month.
Nonetheless, the nationwide carmaker has stated beforehand it is going to carry hybrids to market first, though plans are already in movement to start laying the groundwork for the localisation of EV parts.
For now, Perodua has not stated what kind of EV is being deliberate for Malaysia, however a completely electrical Axia is a chance if an EV prototype proven to the MITI minister is something to go by. Primarily based on images posted on the minister’s Fb web page, we all know the prototype relies on the second-generation Daihatsu Mira e:S.
Particulars are scarce however the pictured automobile seems to be front-wheel drive, with the unique KF-VE 658 cc naturally-aspirated three-cylinder petrol engine and CVT combo changed with an electrical motor. The inside additionally appears pretty “regular,” with the one notable modifications being a selected head unit that exhibits the powertrain standing and a revised instrument cluster.
Given the take a look at mattress relies on a automotive launched approach again in 2017, it’s probably getting used to develop EV applied sciences that could possibly be utilized to future fashions constructed on the Daihatsu New International Structure (DNGA), which was designed with CASE (Linked, Automated Driving, Sharing and Electrification) in thoughts. The present Axia makes use of this platform, and we’ve already seen electrified DNGA fashions within the type of hybrid variations of the Rocky, Ativa and Toyota Raize.