• ETCM Introduced First 4 Nissan Leaf Ambassadors

    Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd (ETCM) is pleased to introduce the first 4 Nissan LEAF ambassadors –Daniel Yap, Jason Goh, Yoong Huey Yee and Rizman Harith Merican for its ‘Journey To Zero Emission’ program, the first program in Malaysia which involves a Nissan electric vehicle (EV).


    The ambassadors will be the first few to use the EV in their daily lives for up to 6 weeks. They will share their daily experience with friends and the public via different mediums such as video clips, write-ups as well as to provide valuable feedback to ETCM on the performance of LEAF in local conditions.



    ETCM’s executive director, Dato’ Dr. Ang Bon Beng commented, “We have received tremendous response for the ‘Journey To Zero Emission’ program. Selecting the first 4 ambassadors proved to be a much more difficult task than we initially thought; simply because of the many high quality submissions that we have received!”


    The LEAF ambassador application is still open and the previous applicants still stand a chance to be selected. ETCM would like to have as many Malaysians experience the LEAF in real life situations to create a better understanding of the EVs.


    “Do not be discouraged if your application was not selected in the first phase.  This program is ongoing and do submit your application fast as you may be the next ambassador!” added Dato’ Dr. Ang.


    ETCM is proud to introduce the LEAF in Malaysia in its ‘Journey To Zero Emission’ to support the government’s green direction, and also Nissan’s commitment to be the global leader in zero emission mobility.


    ETCM invites all to see, feel and explore the world’s first mass-produced 100% EV, Nissan LEAF at the following venues:-


    July 11 to 16 – 1 Utama Shopping Center, Petaling Jaya, Selangor

    July 26 to 29 – Queensbay Mall, Penang

    August 3 to 5 – Mahkota Parade, Malacca

    August 10 to 12 – Sunway Pyramid, Petaling Jaya, Selangor

    September 12 to 16 – 1 Utama Shopping Center, Petaling Jaya, Selangor

    October 5 to 7 – Alor Setar Mall, Alor Setar, Kedah

    November 7 to 11 – 1 Utama Shopping Center, Petaling Jaya, Selangor

    November 23 to 25 – East Coast Mall, Kuantan, Pahang

    December 26 to January 1 – 1 Utama Shopping Center, Petaling Jaya, Selangor

  • Will People Fight For A Recharging Plug For Their EV?


    Though the Electric Vehicles are still under evaluation and pilot run in Malaysia by a few automakers like Nissan and Mitsubishi. Hence, the drivers might not feel the same challenges like others in North America.


    Currently, EV owners in the North America have been caught unplugging other cars to charge their own before they are properly recharged.  Likely, once you see many EVs on the road, I foresee you shall probably see a lot of drama in the car park.


    According to one of the journalist in US, which recently highlighted this problem in a recent article. Basically, he was sitting in a cafe while his Ford Focus plug-in hybrid was recharging in a public car park, and received a text message on his phone alerting him that the car had been unplugged mid-charge.


    When he went to investigate, the recharging plug had been removed from his vehicle and was now charging another EV.


    This occurrence triggered my concern what if there is many EVs are running in Malaysia. Will fellow Malaysians fight for a recharging plug at the recharging station?

  • Nissan LEAF Awarded To Be the Car of the Year Japan 2011-2012

    In the recent 42nd Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan LEAF has been awarded to be the Car of the Year Japan 2011-2012. The Nissan LEAF is a zero-emission vehicle that emits no CO2 while it is being driven. With optimally-placed lithium-ion batteries, a high-performance electric motor as well as advanced control technologies, Nissan LEAF achieves strong and smooth acceleration performance, excellent quietness, outstanding riding comfort and superb handling stability.



    “We have sold 20,000 Nissan LEAFs and also delivered on our promise of affordable, zero-emission mobility on a global scale. This award is as much a win for Nissan as it is for our customers,” said Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn. “All these accolades show that zero-emission vehicles can clearly be competitive alternatives to conventional ones.”



    In the other hand, Dato’ Dr Ang Bon Beng, the Executive Director of Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd (ETCM) announced that there will be a pilot program for the Nissan LEAF will be launched in Malaysia in 1st half of 2012. This pilot program is in line with Nissan’s comprehensive efforts toward the realization of a zero-emission society. The test will involve the Malaysian Government bodies, members of the media and public audiences.


    Photo Gallery: 2011 Nissan Leaf