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April 01, 2009
The vehicles will be based on Detroit Electric’s unique, patented electric drive system that greatly reduces the electric motor’s size and weight. The underlying Magnetic Flux Motor Technology and well-proven Lithium Polymer Battery Technology allow pure electric vehicles to achieve a single-charge range of 180km (111 miles) for the city range model and 325km (200 miles) for the extended range model.
Detroit Electric is in the final stage of setting up two subsidiaries: Detroit Electric Energy, which will produce the battery technology, and Detroit Electric Advanced Propulsion Lab, which will manufacture the motor and controller.
The Detroit Electric Advanced Propulsion Lab and Manufacturing Plant is targeted to be in Malaysia close to the vehicle assembly facilities of Proton. By 2012, the two production plants will produce more than 400,000 electric drive systems, creating thousands of jobs and supporting Detroit Electric’s internal demands as well as third-party OEM’s needs.
Proton, which currently produces a total of 270,000 vehicles of various models in Malaysia, edged out a host of international brands when its popular Persona was named Malaysia’s Best Model of the Year in the 2008 Frost & Sullivan ASEAN Automotive Awards. The company is also Malaysia’s largest investor in research and development, spending USD 1.2 billion (RM4.6 billion) between 1993 and 2003.
Detroit Electric will be responsible for the homologation of the vehicles and for vehicle certification in the U.S. and European markets, where models are targeted to be sold in the first quarter of 2010 EU, UK, China and closely followed the US. Detroit Electric will assume all warranty and liabilities for the Electric Vehicles, while Proton will warranty the vehicle’s build and standard components.
Electric Cars Europe (ECE) will distribute Detroit Electric vehicles in Europe The signing of the strategic partnership between Detroit Electric Holdings Ltd and PROTON Holdings Berhad today at the same time results in the establishment of a new European distributor for Detroit Electric Pure Electric Vehicles. Electric Cars Europe (ECE), a strategic and EV technology partner of Detroit Electric in Europe headed by CEO’s Willem van der Kooi and Hjalmar Engel, will start distributing Detroit Electric cars in Europe as of 2010.
Last year Detroit Electric and ECE already founded a solid partnership as part of which ECE acts as a supplier of EV technology to Detroit Electric. Detroit Electric will combine this technology in its future Pure Electric Vehicle platforms. Furthermore Detroit Electric will import ECE built electric vehicles to the US market as part of this mutual cooperation. In return Detroit Electric has selected ECE as its European distribution partner for the import of Detroit Electric Pure Electric Vehicles to the European continent as of 2010. ECE is currently exploring the European market place for potential distribution partners to establish a solid European wide network of local Detroit Electric distributors, to be operative beginning of 2010.
(March 30, 2009)