Geely to invest RM218m to develop ‘healthy vehicles’

Geely to invest RM218m to develop ‘healthy vehicles’

The novel coronavirus outbreak, of which Wuhan in China is the epicentre, is the talk of the town, the thing that everyone is worried about. Our neighbouring countries have the highest number of cases outside of China, and the latest news is that a Malaysian has caught the bug while on a business trip in Singapore.

Now, Geely says that to further the fight against the coronavirus, the carmaker has earmarked 370 million RMB (RM218 million) to further the development of “healthy, intelligent vehicles”. It is said that the move not only adds a new dimension to Geely’s understanding of “passenger safety,” it also represents a new development direction for automobiles.

Not to be confused with specialised medical vehicles, Geely is talking about products made for ordinary consumers. The Hangzhou-based company says that cars with comprehensive virus protection not only require the capability to isolate harmful substances in the air, it also needs to quickly and effectively purify cabin air for occupants.

Geely says that its R&D and design networks based in Europe, USA and China will now jointly move to develop and research new environmentally sustainable materials with anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, which can be used within air con systems and on frequently touched surfaces such as buttons and handles.

Geely to invest RM218m to develop ‘healthy vehicles’

Geely adds that it will cooperate with professional medical and scientific research institutions to set up special project teams to work on this new area.

“Epidemic prevention is a job that requires the long-term effort of wider society. As the most common mode of transportation, consumers spend a considerable amount time in their cars, akin to a ‘second home’. Only by making healthier products can we meet consumer demand for better quality of life,” said An Conghui, president of Geely Holding Group and president/CEO of Geely Auto Group.

“Based on the automotive industry’s development direction built around electrified, connectivity, intelligence, and shared mobility, auto companies should commit to developing products that help protect the health of drivers and passengers. This will become one of Geely Auto key long-term development objectives,” he added.

Late last month, Geely joined hands with the Li Shufu Foundation to set up a special 200 million RMB (RM118 million) fund in support of coronavirus prevention and control, with a focus on the mass purchasing of much needed medical supplies for China in the short term.

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Danny Tan loves driving as much as he loves a certain herbal meat soup, and sweet engine music as much as drum beats. He has been in the auto industry since 2006, previously filling the pages of two motoring magazines before joining this website. Enjoys detailing the experience more than the technical details.



  • newme on Feb 05, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    The day we stop hearing fake egg, fake meat, fake fish, fake vegetable, fake adidas, fake Rolls Royce such as “GEELY GE” from China is the day we can trust them in caring the our health.

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    • Apple on Feb 06, 2020 at 4:26 pm

      What about the Apple phone you’re using which copied everything from other phones?

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    • Lancelot on Feb 06, 2020 at 5:25 pm

      Oh ye of little faith. *Throws a bottle of Kingsmen cologne*

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  • seancorr (Member) on Feb 05, 2020 at 4:27 pm

    Antiviral AC systems? Take my money.

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  • CarsguideAU on Feb 05, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    At the moment, there’s no precedent of any leading carmakers developing passenger vehicles with the ability to prevent the virus.
    The move not only adds a new dimension to Geely’s understanding of “passenger safety,” it also represents a new development direction for automobiles.
    For more and more people, cars are becoming a third living space and with that is the growing importance of having a healthy interior environment. Geely’s focuses on the development of a healthy interior environment as well as making cars more eco-friendly.
    Cutting-edge pollution monitoring and isolation systems detects air quality inside and outside of Geely cars and keeps pollution out of the car. On the inside, an intelligent Air Quality Management system automatically cleans the air, protecting the health of the driver and passengers.
    Interior and exterior materials are selected for their eco-friendliness. Paints selected are water-based, adhesives are non-volatile, and the production process is developed with the environment in mind. The choices made ensure the interior is void of odor, gases, and harmful volatile elements.

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  • Roadshow on Feb 05, 2020 at 5:14 pm

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    ($1 = 4.0650 ringgit)

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    • Datuk on Mar 11, 2020 at 4:49 pm

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  • Jeremy on Feb 05, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    So unlike typical China/Chinaman company, Geely is going way above the competition to provide cars that truly cares for the occupants. Imagine just being inside a Geely, or Proton, or Volvo, or Mercedes Benz, etc can extend your life by 5-15%. We need more of these kind of automotive brands in this world. Geely stronk!!!

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