22/03/2023 08:22 AM

By Fatin Umairah Abdul Hamid and Megat Amir Irham Ahmad Mahidin

SHAH ALAM, March 21 (Bernama) -- Blueshark Ecosystem Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Sharkgulf Technologies Group and provider of smart electric scooters, officially unveiled its Blueshark R series comprising the R1 and R1 Lite with prices starting from RM7,190 to RM9,390 for the Malaysian market. 

At the launch today, Blueshark revealed that it had conducted a pilot programme, where 50 e-hailing delivery riders took home the R1 Smart Electric Scooter for a month to test its prowess on Malaysian roads and to trial the Blueshark BlueStation (Battery Swap Station) network at select Petronas stations.

The programme aims to demonstrate the feasibility of Blueshark’s first-to-last mile electrified platform and market-ready ecosystem while enabling organisations to achieve their carbon reduction goals, Blueshark Ecosystem group chief operating officer Jin Chan said.

The launch today is following the agreements signed by auto parts maker EP Manufacturing Bhd (EPMB) with Sharkgulf Technologies Group and CIS Pride Silver Rock Fund for the manufacturing and distribution of two-wheeled electric vehicles for Malaysia and other markets in Southeast Asia.

Sharkgulf is based in China, and produces the Blueshark brand of electric scooters, while CIS is an investment fund managed by Silver Rock Capital, Realchamp Asset Management and The Pride Group.

“As we move up the value chain from an original equipment manufacturer to a brand owner, Blueshark R series is just the beginning as we have a responsibility to continue innovating and improving our products,” EPMB’s chief executive officer (CEO) Ahmad Razlan Mohamed said. 

He said EPMB is proud to support the government’s mandate to accelerate electric vehicle (EV) adoption and the decarbonisation of the transportation industry in Malaysia.


Vast market for EVs in Malaysia

Asked about the potential demand in Malaysia, Ahmad Razlan said with the right exposure and awareness, there could be a good take-up rate for the more environmentally friendly vehicle.

Currently, the EV industry generally and electric scooters specifically are still new.

However, as the market expands and more charging and battery swap facilities are made available, there is potential for it to grow exponentially.

“Electric vehicles are the way of the future for urban mobility as a goal to make sustainable transportation available to everyone,” Blueshark Ecosystem’s CEO Jeff Chong said.


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