The Higer Ace E1 would make an excellent electric Bas Sekolah, but that price tag though…
GVT Sdn Bhd, the sole distributor of Higer commercial vehicles in Malaysia recently unveiled the new The Go Auto-Higer Ace E1, which is the brand’s first electric commercial van.
The Higer Ace E1 comes with a 5.4-meter 70kWh specification, and in two options, namely the cargo van and passenger van. With 15 seats and a 70kWh battery capacity, the Go Auto-Higer Ace E1 can travel as far as 300km with a fully charged battery.
To fully charge the battery, it takes an estimated 75 minutes with a 60 kW DC power charger. The Go Auto-Higer Ace E1 also uses a lithium-ion battery from CATL. CATL is one of the largest battery manufacturing companies with an after-sales service team in Malaysia, making it one of the main factors in why it was selected as one of the main components by Higer.
Measuring 1,880 mm in width, 2,335mm in height, 5,380 mm in length, and a wheelbase length of 3,110 mm, the Go Auto Higer Ace E1 comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, an 8-inch LCD display (Android Player), and a reverse camera among others. Meanwhile, the charging inlet uses a CCS2 DC and Type-2 AC (International Standard).
Priced from RM268,888, every unit purchased will come with a free portable charger with a capacity of 7kW. The electric van also comes with a 5-year factory warranty, or 150,000km, whichever comes first. As for the battery, it is covered for 5 years or 200,000km, or whichever comes first.
That being said, the GVT has 88 after-sales service centres nationwide, including in Sabah and Sarawak. As a commercial vehicle distributor under the Go Auto group, GVT is also a distributor of electric and diesel buses for Higer and Yutong.
The first unit of the Go Auto-Higer Ace E1 has already been handed over to the Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) at the end of last year. GVT Sdn Bhd Executive Director Wan Ahmad Wan Omar said, “We will deliver two units of this electric van to the Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP), and four more to TNB.”
“I want to thank the government for giving, as well as extending the tax exemption incentives for electric vehicles in Malaysia, where CKD is up to 2027 while CBU is until 2025. This will boost the electric vehicle segment in Malaysia, in an effort to bounce back post-Covid-19.”
“In line with the positive feedback and high demand from customers, GVT will also be offering an automatic version later this year. To all our potential buyers please continue staying for updates.”
The company has been distributing electric buses to TNB, as well as diesel buses to several government agencies and universities, including MINDEF, MARA, RELA, and UTHM.