Green Cars: Proton unveils the Exora NGV (natural gas vehicle) Teksi 1Malaysia

April 19, 2013 - The Teksi1Malaysia is a taxi based on  a Proton Exora MPV with a factory-fitted NGV (natural gas vehicle) system and tank. For those who are wondering what "teksi" means, that's the Malay (or Bahasa Malaysia) word for taxi.

The NGV tank is situated inside the car, behind the second row of seats. Since this modified Exora is meant to be a five-seat “budget taxi”, the third row of seats have been removed to create a big boot, which can swallow up quite a few large trolley bags, as shown in the photos.

Available as a manual or automatic, pure petrol or NGV-equipped (up to the driver, although most will opt for gas), the Teksi1Malaysia comes with two airbags, ABS, EBD leather seats and special cab accessories such as a taxi meter and credit/debit card reader.

SPAD chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar explained that the taxi’s price is around RM64,000, before a RM5,000 government grant disbursed by the 1Malaysia Development Board (1MDB). This 1Malaysia taxi is for individual drivers, who can get special loans from Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN) of up to nine years. The daily cost is around RM28.50 for the driver, payable monthly like regular HP loans, journalists were told.

Deliveries of the 1,000 units of the Proton Exora NGV Teksi1Malaysia will start in June this year.