Proton to invest in EV charging network in Malaysia; in talks with eight providers for home, public charging

Proton to invest in EV charging network in Malaysia; in talks with eight providers for home, public charging

Alongside today’s announcement of the partnership between Proton and smart for the distribution of smart electric vehicles, Proton intends to invest in an EV charging network through collaboration with a local charging provider, in order to provide domestic charging units to customers who plan to charge their vehicles at home, the carmaker announced in its statement today.

“We have been engaging with seven or eight promoters of EV infrastructure,” because there is a detailed ecosystem within the infrastructure, said Proton senior director of strategy Yusri Yusuf.

The company will be looking at two aspects – home charging and public charging. With regard to public charging, Proton will be engaging with government agencies to determine the present status of the plans.

Proton to invest in EV charging network in Malaysia; in talks with eight providers for home, public charging

For the issue of range anxiety, a team within Proton has been set up to study the feasibility of deploying mobile charging stations to serve the needs of EV users while the country’s charging network continues to grow, deputy CEO Roslan Abdullah said.

In addition to the distributorship agreement, Proton’s entry into the EV segment will also help the carmaker attract young talent in view of the shift in job preference for new workers, it said. Today’s formalising of the agreement is a follow-up from the memorandum of agreement signed by Proton and smart at the beginning of this year.

Today’s announcement by the companies also revealed that Malaysia will be the first ASEAN country to get the right-hand-drive version of the #1, and this is set to arrive in the fourth quarter of 2023. Through Proton’s distributorship agreement, smart vehicles will be sold in Thailand by mid-2024.

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Open roads and closed circuits hold great allure for Mick Chan. Driving heaven to him is exercising a playful chassis on twisty paths; prizes ergonomics and involvement over gadgetry. Spent three years at a motoring newspaper and short stint with a magazine prior to joining this website.

 

Comments

  • Lilytan on Aug 18, 2022 at 10:09 pm

    Cant seems to get their priorities right. Rather then focusing on home grown cars, they seems like a geely’s vassal now. One country, two companies.

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  • random guy on Aug 19, 2022 at 12:06 am

    That’s why the arrival of Geely partnership with Proton is good not only it helped Proton to turn around but also leveled up the market competition. In the end, the consumer got benefitted.

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  • ccy7218 on Aug 19, 2022 at 6:17 am

    Pls settle the spare parts issue first!!!

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