More developments on the planned Proton hybrid – it was earlier reported that the automaker was planning to introduce its first hybrid by the end of 2014, with an EV to follow by end-2015. Now, the timeline for the hybrid’s introduction is supposedly set for the end of 2015.
Proton executive chairman Tan Sri Mohd Khamil Jamil mentioned this timeframe earlier in the week when speaking to reporters after the National Automotive Policy (NAP) announcement. As before, Khamil reiterated that the automaker was “on track and hopefully by the end of 2015 we will see some results for Proton,”
In September 2012, Parliament was told that Proton would begin selling electric vehicles by 2014. At that stage, the national car company was collaborating with UK-based Frazer-Nash Research to develop its own EV.
Back in 2010 and into 2011, prototypes of the Range Extender Electric Exora and UTM/Proton-developed Saga EV were heavily showcased – the duo were involved in the RAC Future Car Challenge 2011 from Brighton to London, and eight examples (five Exora REEV and three Saga EVs) were handed to the government for fleet testing trials, but things have quietened since then.
According to news reports, Khamil also said that since the NAP now opened manufacturing licenses for EEVs, the question of Proton being protected was no longer relevant. “I think Proton has come to a level where we are able to work hand in hand as well as compete with the various original equipment manufacturers,” he told reporters.