Last year, our national MPV had won the “Best Range Extender EV” award at the Brighton To London Future Car Challenge.In last year challenge, the Exora REEV only uses 2 litre of petrol for 4 hours of journey which covers 60 miles (around 100km). Getting 50km/litre, the Exora Extended Range EV beating 63 other competing vehicles in the Best Range Extender Electric Vehicle category. The Saga EV also participated, and was close to winning its EV category. This year, both cars that were co-developed with Fraser Nash return to the challenge, accompanied by the just completed Persona REEV.Again, this year the Proton Exora Range Extender Electric Vehicle (REEV) bagged the Best Overall Extender Range/Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle and the Most Energy Efficient Multi-Purpose Car-Prototype awards at the second Royal Automobile Club (RAC) 2011 Future Car Challenge Brighton to London.Congratulations Proton!.Read the full news by Santhia Panjanadan from bernama below.Photos credit to Bernama.
PROTON BAGS 2 AWARDS AT RAC FUTURE CAR CHALLENGE
LONDON (Nov 6, 2011): The Proton Exora Range Extender Electric Vehicle (REEV) bagged the Best Overall Extender Range/Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle and the Most Energy Efficient Multi-Purpose Car-Prototype awards at the second Royal Automobile Club (RAC) 2011 Future Car Challenge Brighton to London.
The motoring contest, organised by the United Kingdom RAC, is the world’s largest live demonstration of electric, hybrid and low-emission internal combustion engine passenger cars.
A total of 70 cars took part in 17 categories this year.
Proton participated in the Electric Vehicle category for the Saga Electric, REEV for the Exora REEV and Persona Elegance REEV this year.
Last year, the Proton Exora REEV won in the “Best E-Reev Vehicle” category.
However, the Exora REEV tipped the star with a significant achievement this year as despite minor technical glitches it made it to the finishing line.
Exora REEV’s participation in the challenge was a result of collaboration with UK-based technology partner Frazer-Nash Research Limited.
Exora co-pilot Rozadatul Intan Safrina Che Rus, an engineer with the Component & Commissioning Section of Proton’s Green Technology Department, was a proud Malaysian who was elated at being able to make the country proud through Proton’s participation.
Exora REEV was certainly a prominent name in the REEV segment now, as well as, the global green automotive industry.
“The victory was unexpected. Less than a mile we got stranded for about 10 minutes but we managed to recover the energy and moved on.
“When my pilot Pavol Biro and me passed the finishing line, we weren’t happy and not confident that we will win this year, but when it was announced that the Exora REEV won, I could not describe how happy I was,” she told members of Malaysian media after the awards dinner on Saturday.
The participants left Madeira Drive in Brighton early Sunday morning and the ceremonial finish was held at the Waterloo Place after a mandatory stop in Central Sussex College in Crawley.
The vehicles then left to be displayed at Regent Street in London.
Meanwhile, Datuk Zainuddin Che Din, Proton Board Project Director, Green Technology Department, said the victory proved that Proton had the winning technology and thanked Frazer-Nash for its valuable contribution.
“We hope to put our system into production soon,” he added.
Frazer Nash Research Limited engineer, Noamaan Siddiqi ends his 92 km ride in the electric-powered Proton Saga after taking part in the RAC 2011 Future Car Challenge Brighton to London.
Proton Board Project Director, Green Technology Department, Datuk Zainuddin Che Din (left) receives the award from Royal Automobil Club (RAC) representative at the awards dinner on Saturday.