Detriot Electric JV With Malaysia Proton – What’s Missing?

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Detriot Electric JV With Malaysia Proton – What’s Missing?

What’s Missing in the Detroit Electric JV with Proton Holdings of Malaysia

It it really interesting to see the latest development between Detroit Electric JV with Proton. I am proud to see our local car company is taking the initial step to pursue the concept of electric car for the masses.

The current trend is in [tag-tec]hybrid electric cars[/tag-tec]. Most other car manufacturers such as Toyota, Honda, Nissan etc are developing and pushing hard on hybrid technology.

I am sure they have a pure electric car (PEC) model in the R&D ready for the next launching phase. That is a wise move because the world has been addicted to fossil fuel for far too long. It will be a matter of time before we shift to a cleaner form of energy for our vehicles.

Are we ready for pure electric cars on the road? The answer is, No! There is one key component still missing in the equation. It is the recharging infrastructure.

Driving a PEC is very different from driving a car driven by an [tag-tec]internal combustion engine[/tag-tec] (ICE). If you run out of gasoline, a gas station is just around the corner for you to fuel up.

If your PEC runs out of electric power in the batteries, you will not be able to find a power outlet to recharge. No doubt modern electric car can recharge in a few hours, but will you be able to find a shop that will allow you to use their electric power?

How would you pay for the power that you consumed?

Therefore, the missing component in the Detroit Electric JV with Proton is the network of charging stations. They can mass produce all the PEC, but without a readily available power outlets to recharge the battery unit, the vehicle is simply not practical.

I have a feeling company such as Better Place will be entering into the picture in the near future.

Better Place already has plan to setup thousands of electric charging station in Australia and many other countries. Their JV with Nissan makes more economic sense.

By | 2012-08-18T07:58:14+08:00 April 4th, 2009|Detroit Electric|5 Comments

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  3. Kent April 1, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Thank you for your email with video and good information i’m actually really impress.

    If we can work together to find this good product i believe we could make a business. What i mean here is with your information and complete kits for convert to EV car product, i tell you it will be a big business. I have seen one thru website t in England but sale price is very expensive. Maybe the product have high quality because of Europe country always high tech. For your info, Malaysia have recently approved the use of EV car on the road but specification must follows the rules by the Road Transportation law. Motor have recently launch their sales but car have yet to be launch. Many people wont just purchase a new car t to own EV type of car. They rather convert to own ev car. (We exclude the rich person). With your info and if we can find the complete kits for 1000cc- 4000cc vehicle i believe we can educate the public and have interest in purchase it.

    Frankly speaking, China product have not yet reach the most quality product compare to the Europe country product. From my experience, ( i have purchase many paintball items and machinery and parts from china) many of the product did not warranty the lifetime use. If you can search for good quality with good offer price i think we will have market here. In malaysia many have been affected with the high living cost since many items have risen the price. Compare to their monthly income i think we need a product with a offer price that can accomodate the public with their income.

    Hope to hear from you soon.

  4. Ng June 21, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    I own a 1980’s Jaguar XJ6 2.9L car that I want to convert to pure electric.

    So far, I’ve contacted US suppliers and workshops. But their prices quoted to me are quite high. And US is left hand drive. So, I’m not sure if what they sell can fit into Singapore’s right hand drive vehicles.

    I like the idea of a conversion kit with instruction manual. But do they come with drawings that I can submit to the vehicle registration authorities to enable me to obtain approval from the government?

    Are you based in Malaysia or Australia?
    If Malaysia or Australia (where it is also right hand drive), have you converted your own car to electric in Malaysia/

  5. Lawrence December 20, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Charging is one of the set backs, not everyone live with a private garage. Those living in apartments, condo’s, flats etc has a disadvantage. Public Charging stations would not be practical for most Malaysian. It takes hours for a single charge, unless the municipal council & energy department (TNB) could agree to a term that to have certain parking spaces with charging points. That would be part of the logic.
    Next, Malaysia is a petroleum producing country, should the government want to have the main meal be slashed? Ain’t gonna happen, mate!

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