Treelektrik T-MV7 electric lorry in Malaysia: 3 sen/km!
29 January 2018 Matthew H Tong
Treelektrik has unveiled its first four-wheeled vehicle in Malaysia, called
the T-MV7. The vehicle in question is completely powered by electric, and
the company says it costs RM0.03 (three sen) to run per km, based on the
RM0.28 per kW/h electricity tariff.
It’s actually a rebadged version of the Metro, a commercial vehicle produced
by US-based automaker Cenntro [
]. According to the brochure, the T-MV7 is powered by a proprietary 10,000
watt electric motor (Cenntro-made) that draws power from a choice of two
energy storage units – a gel lead acid battery or a lithium battery pack.
The former storage unit has a capacity of 8.64 kWh (labelled as 120 Ah) and
delivers a maximum cruising range of 80 km. Top speed is capped at 55 km/h,
and the battery has a lifespan of 45,000 km. The more advanced lithium-ion
battery has a 14.4 kWh capacity (200 Ah), allowing a maximum travel distance
of 180 km and a top speed of 80 km/h. Its lifespan is rated at 100,000 km.
Performance-wise, the rear-mounted electric motor produces a nominal power
of 10 kW (13.4 hp) and a peak power of 24 kW (32 hp). It sprints from zero
to 30 km/h in under six seconds and brakes from 40 km/h to standstill in 7.5
metres. The charging system is based on a 220-240 volt (50 Hz) input.
The Treelektrik T-MV7 is strictly rear-wheel driven and weighs 558 kg
(thanks to a composite body) without the battery. It measures 3,860 mm long,
1,960 mm tall and 1,660 mm wide, with a payload capacity of 615 kg. Its
maker Cenntro says the vehicle is the lightest in its class.
The front suspension gets an independent leaf spring setup, while the rear
benefits from an independent transverse coil-over shocks. Stopping power
comes from four disc brakes, and it rides on 14-inch multi-spoke alloys shod
with 175/65 profile tyres.
Inside, the two-seater vehicle gets a polyurethane steering wheel, electric
power steering, overhead console storage area, touchscreen infotainment
system with Bluetooth connectivity, reverse camera, two-toned seat covers, a
12-volt power socket and an onboard diagnostic system as standard.
Interestingly, this particular unit comes with a cabin heater (note that
there’s no blue marker on the air-con dial), and not the appropriate air-con
system that best suits our climate.
The T-MV7 can be had in four cargo options – Van Box, Refrigerated Box,
Pick-Up and Flat Bed. A choice of three colours – white, red and blue – is
offered. Its pricing will be announced at a later date.
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