A Malaysian start-up called EV Innovation is reportedly testing an electric car prototype that looks like a Honda Jazz. The electric car concept, named MyKar, was first introduced at the Kuala Lumpur Engineering Science Fair , November 2019.
EV Innovation itself is a subsidiary of System Consultancy Services (SCS), a local company providing information and communication technology (ICT) in Malaysia. From its name, this Start-up is likely dedicated to becoming a Malaysian electric car manufacturer. MyKar is the first EV prototype project that was developed since January 2019.
The Electric Vehicle (EV), named MyKar, at a glance looks similar to the second generation Honda Jazz coded GE8. As reported by Paultan.org , this Malaysian EV prototype does use a Honda Jazz door and suspension, so that its shape is somewhat similar to Jazz.
However, the frame is said to be a ladder-frame with a tubular chassis designed directly by EV Innovation , not monocoque like the Honda Jazz. Meanwhile, the bodyshell is fiberglass made by DK Composite.
From the appearance of the exterior and interior, this car is indeed a prototype, still far from being a production model. Road testing is more about the performance that can be achieved with the electric motor driving it. However, this car already looks like a general electric car which has a smooth front face, without air grille for the cooling system.
In the cabin, this car has two large monitor screens, in the form of a vertical screen in the center cluster like the Tesla car, and an oversized screen behind the steering wheel. For the side mirror function, you have used a camera with a display on the sides of the dashboard.
The important thing about an electric car is of course the powertrain. This MyKar electric car is equipped with a 20 kWh battery consisting of 32 battery cells made by China Aviation Lithium Battery (CALB) made from lithium-ion phosphate (LiFePO 4 ). The battery is placed at the bottom back of the second row seat. The overall weight of this car is 900 kg, of which 100 kg is the weight of the battery.
The battery is claimed to be able to provide electric power for a distance of up to 150 km with an energy consumption of only 6.6 kWh per 100 km. The length of time for charging the battery from empty to full is only 3 hours. EV Innovation says that the range can increase up to 200 km if the battery is enlarged to 16 kWh, but that will increase the charging time to 4.8 hours and the car’s weight increases to 1,016 kg.
The battery supplies power to the electric motor that drives the rear wheels, with a power output of only 32 hp, but the torque is so large it reaches 295 Nm. The maximum speed claim that can be achieved is 104 km / h with a performance of 0-100 km / h which can be achieved in 16.7 seconds.
This electric car is also equipped with solar panels on the roof that generate electric power to be stored in a special smaller battery. The electric energy is used for electrical features such as air conditioning, head units and others. So it doesn’t support batteries for the car powertrain
According to the Executive Chairman of SCS, Datuk Khalilur Rahman Ebrahim, so far the company has spent RM600,000 (around IDR 2.2 billion) on MyKar development costs. However, his party has not thought about bringing MyKar to a commercial level. The development of this EV is only intended for research to provide recommendations to the manufacturer regarding its technological innovation.