In addition to the RM50 promotional yearly subscription fee we reported previously, COMOS also announced a 25 percent reduction in usage fees — RM6 per 15 minutes from RM8 — for the first three months and a six-hour charge limit on bookings at the official launch in Kuala Lumpur on May 30.
With the launch, CMS Consortium Ecotour Sdn Bhd (CMS) has officially kicked off the electric vehicle (EV) car sharing industry in Malaysia with 10 COMOS stations in Klang Valley housing a total of 10 COMOS EVs — a fleet consisting of both the Renault ZOE and Renault Twizy.
Subsequent stations are planned for Langkawi, Melaka, Johor and Penang while nationwide development of the network is in the works to support the growth of the industry.
For the currently up-and-running COMOS network, members are able to check the locations of COMOS stations for pickup and drop-off, find and reserve cars and check their account statuses. Bookings can be made from as early as 10pm on the day before intended use.
Dato’ Sri Haji Syed Zainal Abidin B. Syed Mohamed Tahir, Executive Chairman, CMS Consortium Ecotour Sdn Bhd said: “COMOS is supporting government’s initiatives, one of it is through Ministry of International Trade & Industry (MITI) on the National Automotive Policy (NAP) by creating critical mass for the utilization of EVs.
“The NAP 2014 has set a target to develop Malaysia as the regional automotive hub in Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) and in doing so will increase the value-added activities and continuously develop domestic capabilities.
“One of the promoted segments of EEV is the EV. COMOS will create much needed awareness among the public and this will lead to better appreciation and acceptance of EV in Malaysia.
“This will then help create the ecosystem that will further encourage OEMs to bring their EV and related technology to Malaysia, and help spur the development of supporting EV component industry as part of the objectives of the NAP.”
He also added that COMOS charging stations are accessible to anyone driving an EV or plug-in hybrid who registers as a COMOS member in a move to encourage EV usage among Malaysians.
Mayor of Kuala Lumpur Datuk Seri Hj. Ahmad Phesal bin Hj. Talib drove a COMOS vehicle around Menara UOA and back to the charging station at the event after receiving his membership card.
Dato’ Tan Heng Chew, Tan Chong Motor Holdings president, was also on hand to oversee the launch, describing his desire to see cleaner vehicles on Malaysian Roads.
After the promotional period, COMOS memberships will cost RM300, RM50, and RM25 yearly, weekly and monthly respectively. Billing is listed as RM8 per 15 minutes of usage with a minimum usage period of 30 minutes.
COMOS is a private-public initiative between the Malaysian Automotive Institute (MAI), Malaysian Greenwich Corporation (MGTC) and CMS.