The Blueshark R1 Series officially entered Malaysia earlier this year as the first electric scooter in the market with a battery-swapping ecosystem that is ready to serve customers. Through a recent collaboration with CIMB, one can now get their hands on the Blueshark R1 via the bank’s 0% Easy Pay scheme.
This particular scheme joins other sustainability-oriented offerings from the bank which include auto financing and motor insurance for electric vehicles. However, the Blueshark R1 offer is only available to credit card customers since Easy Pay is one of several services that are tied directly to the CIMB credit card.
Interestingly enough, the Easy Pay scheme for Blueshark R1 is slightly different than what CIMB usually offers to customers. Instead of the standard payment tenure of between 3 to 36 months, customers can choose to have a much longer instalment period of up to 60 months for the electric scooter.
Hence, you are looking at a monthly instalment of as low as RM120 per month considering that the Blueshark R1 Lite is currently priced at RM7,190. For the full-spec R1 which has a price tag of RM9,390, the monthly instalment would be around RM157 per month based on a 60-month instalment plan.
Meanwhile, do note that Easy Pay only covers the price tag of the scooter as well as its batteries which costs RM3,000 per unit. If the RM6,000 one-time payment seemed too steep, customers can “rent” the batteries separately at RM79 per month.
Similarly, the Easy Pay scheme does not cover the bike’s battery swap fee which costs RM1.95 per swap. Owners can opt for the BlueSwap plan instead which allows them to swap the bike’s battery for 36, 70, and 120 times with a monthly fee of RM59, RM99, and RM139 respectively.
Powered by two removable batteries that have a combined capacity of 2.88kWh, the R1 Series electric scooters can travel up to 110km according to NEDC standards. Equipped with a 5kW electric motor that is capable of delivering 201Nm of torque, they have a maximum speed of 80km/h and can accelerate from 0 to 60km/h in 4.9 seconds.
The differences between the full-spec R1 and R1 Lite mainly revolved around the tech that Blueshark has provided to them. For example, the Lite variant only came with a 10-inch monochrome LED instrument cluster while the full-spec variant has a HD IPS screen.
In addition to running on the ArkRide operating system, the full-spec model also comes complete with cameras and ultrasonic sensors on its front and back. It also features other capabilities such as Bluetooth support, audio speakers, virtual vroom, and reverse camera.
If you are interested to have hands-on experience with the Blueshark R1 electric scooters or to know more about its CIMB Easy Pay scheme, you can reach out to the brand via its official website or visit the showroom over at Glenmarie Shah Alam. While you are at it, don’t forget to check out our quick take on the scooters right here.