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Old 25th July 2008, 10:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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M'sia set to produce electric cars next year

M'sia set to produce electric cars next year
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M'sia set to produce electric cars next year
Charged battery allows car to run for 36 hours or 320km
July 25, 2008


WHAT'S there to dislike about this futuristic car that's in the development pipeline?


Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi test drives the Lotus electric car, which is different from the Proton electric car that will be commercially available next year. -- Picture: NANYANG SIANG PAU

Little it seems, if details released by Malaysian national carmaker Proton Holdings on Monday are anything to go by.

Unlike hybrid cars, which run on fuel, this new electrical car model doesn't rely on petrol, but on a rechargeable battery.

It is set to be commercially available next year.

Thanks to technology developed in the UK, simply by charging its battery for six hours, the car can run for 36hours or 320km.

The Malaysian government praised the electrical car initiative as an innovative way to help citizens cope with rising fuel costs.

While it was not revealed how much this energy-efficient model would cost, Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said the car would run at a low cost.

He said, after test driving an electric Lotus car model, that the technology meant that each kilometre would cost just 18 sen (7.5 cents).

Datuk Seri Abdullah spoke to reporters after chairing a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Inflation.

He noted that the advancement would continue to try out such unconventional measures 'from time to time' to deal with high oil prices.

He said: 'The government will continue to find alternative resources so that we will not be too dependent on combustible gas, petrol or diesel.'

The committee had also been briefed on the use of electric cars to replace gas, petrol or diesel, reported the New Straits Times.

Proton has been given the green light to carry out in-depth validation and testing of cars using electric batteries.

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The carmaker will work alongside two other companies, The Detroit Electric and PRO Dis-T, to fine-tune the car.

Said Mr Abdullah: 'The cooperation will be meaningful for future Proton models.

'If it can be commercialised, then Proton can use it for all its cars. It is my hope that Proton will cooperate with the companies as this will benefit all car owners in the country.'

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Hope it will be a good and cheap one.

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When can Singapore produce one?

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Hope it will be a good and cheap one.
Agree, the oil price is killing me.

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M'sia's Proton develops new hybrid car

M'sia's Proton develops new hybrid car

KUALA LUMPUR - MALAYSIA state-owned carmaker Proton is developing a new, fuel-efficient hybrid car to beat rising costs and address environmental concerns, reports said on Sunday.

Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi told the state Bernama news agency he had already test-driven the car and urged the company to continue researching energy-saving techonologies.

'The kind of car that all countries and car companies love now is the green car. Consumers will also be happy when they drive such a car knowing it saves fuel and does not pollute,' the Star daily quoted him as saying.

'Such an effort by Proton will also assist the government in saving petrol and preserving the environment.'

Hybrid vehicles, which deliver power by switching between a gasoline (petrol) engine and an electric motor, can save up to 30 per cent on fuel costs but they are more expensive than conventional models.

Proton was formed 25 years ago by former premier Mahathir Mohamad as part of an ambitious national industrialisation plan but its market share has slumped over the years, as it faced difficulties coping in a new deregulated market.

The government has urged it to forge a partnership with a foreign automaker to give it the expertise and economies of scale that it needs to survive, but talks with Volkswagen and General Motors have collapsed.

The company aims to launch its first multi-purpose vehicle early next year, Bernama reported. -- AFP

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Re: M'sia set to produce electric cars next year

singapore most likely wun produce coz the higher levels will not earn much... haa

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