As electric vehicles are gaining popularity and becoming more mainstream, many are opting to own one thanks to its numerous benefits. If you are not sure why you should make this switch, here are some reasons. Electric vehicles like cars, motorcycles/scooters and buses are not only environmentally friendly, but these vehicles are also way cheaper in the long run, as it helps you save on fuel, tax and maintenance cost. Not only that, you also get to enjoy a quieter, more enjoyable driving experience.
In Malaysia, motorcycles or scooters are one of the main modes of transportations. Though electric scooters and motorcycles are yet to be a thing in Malaysia, these electric vehicles are slowly gaining popularity among the younger generation.
E-Scooters: Makes Commuting Easy
As Malaysia moves toward greater mobility, different transportation modes are being introduced, offering commuters more options to help get them to where they need to be. One of it that has rapidly gained popularity around the main cities in Malaysia is the electric scooter (e-scooter), often in the form of scooter-sharing start-ups. The trend is generating plenty of buzz as it makes life easier.
You will be able to find these e-scooters all around town especially outside LRT/MRT?KTM stations and in front of cafes and restaurants and even around famous tourist spots. Increasingly, someone on a scooter will cruise past you on the pavement. To access one of these scooters, all you need to do is download the app, find the designated parking spots for these scooters, and scan the QR code that can be found on it.
In Klang Valley, these scooters are mainly used for commuting purposes, connecting people from one station to another, from home to your workplace, and also by tourists who wish to see everything Kuala Lumpur has to offer. As traffic can be really bad during rush hours and weekends in Kuala Lumpur, these scooters are the faster and best alternative to motorcycle taxis, taxis, and cars.
Notes: e-scooters are not allowed to be used on public roads as it can be really dangerous and could cause accidents. Starting from 1 January 2021, those who are caught riding one on main roads will be fined RM 300 and up to RM 1,000 for subsequent offences. But if you have to use the e-scooter on a public road, you will need to apply for a special permission license from JPJ. You are still allowed to ride on in gazetted areas such as playgrounds and permitted areas around shopping centers.
Why Electric Motorcycles are Better than Conventional Ones
Instant Torque and Power
While gas-powered engines take longer to power up and peak torque, which require the engine to be spinning at high RPMs, electric motors reach the ultimate power and torque instantly from 0 RPM and maintain consistent power and torque through the entire RPM range too. That only means you can achieve better performance with a much lighter and smaller electric motorcycle, or you can go with a larger electric superbike and get insane acceleration.
Provides More Comfort
Electric bikes compared to conventional ones do not vibrate or shake while riding or when you are stopped at a red light. Yes, there are many gas engines that provides additional counter-balances that reduce vibrations, but why the extra cost? You also do not have to worry about accidentally burning yourself on the hot exhaust header.
Tuning and Updates
The best part about owning an electric motorcycle is getting to customize It getting the performance to suit your needs. All you need to do is pull out your phone and move a few slider bars in an app. There are no carburetors to mess with, no engine timing to adjust, no injector profiles, no greasy hands, no weekends missed riding because your bike is still up on the lift. It is just easier.
Your electric bike will also be constantly updated with new features. Compared to gas bikes, you will not have to get a new model whenever a motorbike is updated, as all the updates of an electric motorcycle will be sent to the app straight. It is way cheaper too.
With an electric motorcycle, you do not have to worry about running out of fuel. You have your own charging station in your garage that does the job of a petrol station for you, at the comfort of your own place. This comes in especially handy now that there is a pandemic going around and it’s unsafe to be outside or around people. Not only that, maintaining an electric bike is also way cheaper in the long run.
Though there are not much news on electric motorcycles/e-scooters in Malaysia, there is a high chance that all this might change in the future, as we see a huge spike in demand for EVs in Malaysia. In Thailand, interesting incentives are introduced to encourage their people to hop on the EV bandwagon. Who knows, Malaysia might also follow their steps which might just entice you to get an EV! Stay updated with news on Electric Vehicles in Malaysia on Carsome!
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