Proton through its Engineering Division has initiated the electric vehicle (EV) project in November 2008 when a team of technologist was dispatched to Lotus Engineering UK to develop two units of electric vehicles.
The development of electric vehicles can be viewed as Proton’s long term strategy of acquiring and commercializing the technology as indicated in Proton’s Technology Roadmap.This is also part of the initiative to support the National Green Technology Policy that was implemented by the goverment to chart the nation’s development in green technology as the new driver of economic growth.
Proton Saga EV & Persona EV.
The Proton Persona was developed as a performance EV demonstrator with longer range, faster acceleration and higher maximum speed, while the Saga was developed as a city driving demonstrator with basic performance to meet urban city driving needs.
Proton Exora EV.
As for Hybrid vehicles, Proton is currently working on a UK-based engineering firm to develop hybrid vehicles.The project was initiated in September 2009 by developing the Exora-based serial digital hybrid demonstrator, which will be used for performance evaluation, testing and safety assesment.
Proton Exora Hybrid.
This is a covered up Proton Exora Hybrid snapped on the North South Highway near the Proton City exit. Looks quite normal actually even down to the wheels, until you look at the side where you begin to notice some livery.