Malaysia’s Electric Vehicle space is rapidly growing, both in terms of the development of the nationwide charging network, but also the number of vehicles that are available for purchase. But not all electric vehicles are made equal. Many, in fact, are simply ICE cars that happen to be powered by electricity instead.
But there were some truly outstanding EVs that rose above the sea of mediocrity. And to determine which EVs we thought were worth paying attention to, we held an open nomination in the SoyaCincau offices, compiled and shortlisted the variety of candidates before a panel consisting of Amin Ashaari, Alexander Wong, Najib Hamid, Raymond Saw, Jonathan Lee, Hanif Azrai, and Sudarshan Duke ultimately decided on the three best EVs to grace our shores.
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Hyundai Ioniq 5 – GOLD WINNER
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 wins our Gold award for the simple reason that it pushes the boundaries of what any car—not just an electric one—should be. It does all the basics right, with impressive range, rapid charging speeds and gobs of power. It’s not a performer in the bends, but it makes up for it with a swanky interior that offers radical, yet thoughtful ideas of using up space, taking full advantage of the electric powertrain. The space-age, razor-sharp design is just the icing on the cake.
Learn more about the Hyundai Ioniq 5 here.
Read our full review of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 here.
Kia EV6 – SILVER WINNER
In a close second is the Kia EV6, which shares its underpinnings with the Ioniq 5. Those wedgy looks hide some bite, however, with 321hp sent to all four wheels, along with more dynamic road manners. It’s certainly sportier, but that comes at a cost: not only is the EV6 more expensive than the Ioniq 5, it’s also a far more “conventional” car and there’s not quite as much room in the cabin. However, a nice plus is that it has more than 500km of range thanks to its slightly larger battery.
Learn more about the Kia EV6 here.
Ora Good Cat – BRONZE WINNER
Bagging bronze is the cheapest electric vehicle you can buy in Malaysia. The Ora Good Cat is far from perfect, especially since its user interface needs a lot of work. But it’s hard to overlook the bargain proposition here, given the sheer amount of kit, the decent (if a little inflated) range figures and the plush, well-made cabin. And let’s be honest—who can refuse such a cute face?
Learn more about the Ora Good Cat here.
Read our full review of the Ora Good Cat here.