The Neta V: The Cheapest Electric Car in Malaysia
The Neta V, the latest addition to the electric vehicle market in Malaysia, has been making quite a buzz. Priced at just RM100k, it is the cheapest electric car available in the country. Since its soft launch at the Malaysia Auto Show 2023, the Neta V has been eagerly anticipated, and it has been officially launched in Malaysia.
A Small Electric Car with A Unique Design
Upon first glance, the Neta V may appear to be comparable in size to the popular Ativa model. However, upon closer inspection, it becomes clear that it bears a closer resemblance to the Mayv. Its front end lacks a grille and instead features a sleek Neta badge. LED lights come as standard, and the Neta V even comes equipped with an optional body kit. The 16-inch wheels and chaoyang tires give the car a classy look. A charging port is present, although it should be noted that it is specifically designed for the Chinese market and is non-functional in Malaysia. Instead, the charging port for the Malaysian version is located on the left-hand side of the vehicle.
A Dramatic Design and Convenient Features
One of the unique design elements of the Neta V is its side indicator, which is creatively placed on the wheel. Cladding and keyless entry are available, although the latter is limited to the driver door. Moving to the back of the vehicle, the design takes on a more dramatic tone. The tail lights resemble a boomerang shape, adding an element of flair. Additionally, a power tailgate is available as an optional feature.
The Neta V is a game-changer in the Malaysian electric vehicle market. With its affordable price tag, stylish design, and convenient features, it offers an enticing option for those looking to make the switch to electric vehicles. As the demand for EVs continues to rise, it will be interesting to see how the Neta V shapes the future of the automotive industry in Malaysia.
When it comes to performance, the Neta V packs quite a punch. It boasts a single electric motor that churns out 95 horsepower and 150 N M of torque. While it may not have the fastest 0 to 100 times, it does accelerate from 0 to 50 in a mere 3.9 seconds. The top speed of this electric vehicle is 120 km an hour.
Battery and Range
In terms of battery capacity and range, the Neta V is equipped with a 38.5 kWh battery pack. This provides an impressive range of 380 km on the NDC test cycle. When it comes to charging, the maximum AC charging capacity is 6.6 kW, while the maximum DC charging capacity is 100 kW. Charging the battery from flat to full using AC power takes approximately 8 hours, while using DC power can charge the battery from 20 to 80% in just 30 minutes.
Design and Features
The Neta V draws inspiration from various well-known brands, resulting in a unique and eye-catching design. The standout feature of the interior is the large 14.6-inch portrait head unit, with its big fonts and icons. Smartphone connectivity is limited to mirror link functionality.
One noticeable design element is the placement of the gear selector on the right side, following the lead of other brands. The steering wheel also deviates from the traditional circular shape, opting for a polygon-like design instead.
Interior Space and Storage
Despite being a small car, the Neta V manages to provide sufficient storage space. There is a storage compartment underneath the large screen, another one beneath the charging port, and yet another one in the center armrest storage. The size of these compartments is reasonably satisfactory.
In addition to the large portrait head unit, the Neta V features a 12-inch digital instrument cluster that adds to the futuristic appeal of the interior. The seats are manually adjustable, although there seems to be no height adjustment option.
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Interior and Comfort
Even for someone my size, it is a bit tight in the second row. Luxuries in the back include a USB port and a small cubby space. The backrest doesn’t have a 60/40 split, but it does fold down. The seat is of the bench type. The boot space looks slightly bigger than what you would find in a Myvi, but slightly smaller than what you would get in a TAA. Unfortunately, there is no spare wheel, but you do get a tire packet.
In terms of safety, the Neta V does not come with any advanced safety features. However, it does have passive safety equipment such as two airbags, automatic brake hold, hill start assist, and the usual array of electronics including ABS, traction control, and ESC.
To buy the Neta V, it will cost you RM100,000. There is also an optional EV starter package available.