Proton Saga electric car prototype is ready

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, unveiled for the first time today, was built in collaboration between Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and Proton, the national car  maker.

Proton Group Managing Director Datuk Syed 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 production 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 today.