Proton to commercialise electric cars in 2013

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Proton to commercialise electric cars in 2013

Proton to commercialise electric cars in 2013

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak takes a look at the engine of a Proton electric car.

KUALA LUMPUR: Proton Holdings Berhad is looking to commercialise its electric vehicles in 2013.

 

 Company director Datuk Zainuddin Che Din said Tuesday the vehicles which are now in the test fleet stage will be brought to the commercial front to cater to an increasing demand for full electric cars in Malaysia.


"We have delivered three Proton Saga EV and five Proton Exora Range Extender EV to the government for the test fleet.


"In the process of commercialising the vehicle, we are looking to provide at least 200 Range Extenders and 150 Proton Saga EV's to the government by the end of next year," he told reporters here.


He said the cars will competitively priced, with value for money once commercialised.


The Proton Saga EV is expected to be priced at RM70,000 and the Proton Exora Range Extender about RM100,000.


"The price will be cheaper and competitive for a full electric car in the country," said Zainuddin, who is also the project director of Proton's Green Tech Department.


To accommodate the needs of the electric cars once commercialised, Proton and the government are currently working on a mechanism to build infrastructure to place electric vehicle charging centres.


The charging stations will be placed initially in Putrajaya, Cyberjaya and Kuala Lumpur. Currently several stations are deployed at government offices.


Zainuddin said the government may have to build 100 to 150 stations in the areas mentioned.


The Proton Saga EV, a full electric car and the Proton Exora Range Extender EV, an advanced version of hybrid technology, are said to be very efficient, with mileage of approximately 70-80 kilometres per day. -- Bernama