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KOTA BHARU, April 22 -- A graduate from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Machang campus has never thought that he would be able to earn hundreds of thousands of ringgit just by selling electric bicycles or e-bikes.
It all started when Mohd Selamat Che Adnan, 27, travelled to Guangzhou, China in 2018 and was inspired to start a business based on his experience in the city.
“When I was there, I saw these e-bikes were being used extensively by the community in carrying out their daily affairs as a way to prevent air pollution. This has sparked an idea to start selling e-bikes in Malaysia,” he said when met at his shop at Cabang Tiga Mahligai, Melor, here.
Elaborating, the Diploma of Information Management graduate said for a start, he had spent RM900 to purchase an e-bike from a shop in Gombak, Selangor right after he returned to Malaysia.
“After that, I put up an advertisement on my social media account and a few hours later, I managed to sell the bicycle to a friend,” said the youngest of eight siblings.
From that day, many had reached out to him to purchase e-bikes and to his surprise, the number of orders continue to increase from time to time.
“At that time, I could only take pre-orders because I did not have much capital to stock up on the e-bikes,” he said, adding that his customers came not only from Kelantan but also Kuala Lumpur, Terengganu and Johor.
Following the overwhelming response, Mohd Selamat decided to open up a shop at Cabang Tiga Mahligai, Melor early this year, with 100 ready stock of e-bikes that were imported from China.
He said each electric bicycle was sold at between RM1,300 and RM1,800 depending on its type and model and to date, he managed to sell almost 180 bicycles per month.
“Apart from saving costs as it does not use petrol, it only takes a few hours to charge the battery. When fully charged, the electric bicycle can go up to 30 to 50 kilometres.
“In fact, the eco-friendly vehicle which does not require pedalling is suitable for those aged between 40 and 70 to go to mosques, surau or patrolling around the village,” he said.
Mohd Selamat said besides e-bike, he also supplies ATV (all-terrain vehicle) to individuals, resort operators and owners of tourist centres around the state and Terengganu.