Malaysia’s first electric car unveiled Dec 02, 2010 (The Star – McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) — KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ANN) — Malaysia’s first electric car is taking shape with the completion of the prototype of the vehicle based on the latest Proton Saga model.

Posted on December 2, 2010. Filed under: Environment and Livelihoods, Environmental Science |

Dec 02, 2010 (The Star – McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) — KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ANN) — Malaysia’s first electric car is taking shape with the completion of the prototype of the vehicle based on the latest Proton Saga model.

The prototype was built in collaboration between Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and the national car maker.

Proton Group managing director Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir said the prototype has given them confidence in making better electric vehicles and hoped that it could be a mass-market product soon.

“The first stage of validating the product from end-to-end is completed, it gives us a lot of confidence, the system will work as a car.

“And I think the next stage will be pre-testing by the people, and put a better volume of the product, and finally at the end of the day, we are going for mass production,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the International Conference on Sustainable Mobility 2010 here on Wednesday.

Among those present was Proton advisor Dr Mahathir Mohamed, Proton chief engineer Md Ridzuan Md Yusof and UTM Vice-Chancellor Dr Zaini Ujang.

The three-day conference starting Wednesday and organised by the SAE international Malaysia Section and UTM aims to provide opportunities for participants to exchange ideas, findings, promote knowledge-sharing and cooperate in the field of sustainable mobility.

Dr Zaini said the prototype has been under research and development for the past 11 months and the modification was started by converting a petrol-based Saga model to a fully electric-powered car.

“Upon completion, the car can travel as far as 160km using a 15kW battery and will take up seven to eight hours to re-charge.” He said the car was suitable for urban and short-distance travelling and it was environment-friendly as it operates silently and does not cause air pollution.

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