UTP Competed In The Proton Green Mobility Challenge (PGMC)
(5 – 7 October 2012)
Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS’ (UTP) electric vehicle, Saga METROTM (Malaysian Electric Transportation Rover)TM competed in the PROTON Green Mobility Challenge (PGMC) 2012 from 5-7 October at Sepang International Circuit.
The electric vehicle was designed with a perfect balance between performance and efficient energy consumption demands by the consumers. Packed with many innovations, it is capable of travelling to a speed of up to 140 km/hr and a driving distance of over 130 km with a single charge.
The car was developed using internal expertise with parts supplied by PROTON Holdings Berhad (PROTON) and Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (AIM). 30 academic staff and students were involved in the development of the electric car, from designing the motor chassis and battery compartment to developing the advanced battery management system and user interface. In addition, UTP has leveraged on its internal machining capacity and its internal expertise in coming with the packaging for the electric version of the SAGA platform.
Targeted for urban commuter market, the electric vehicle is equipped with a novel cooling device to cool the passenger compartment while the vehicle’s battery compartment was covered with a special fire retardant coating that was developed in-house. A smart Energy Management System works as the brain of the vehicle in managing the power utilization of the electric motor, battery management system and the auxiliaries following the drive cycle. It is also equipped with engine sound simulator to warn pedestrians of oncoming vehicles as required by the current standard of electric vehicle safety regulations.
With more than RM100,000.00 invested in developing the vehicle as part of UTP’s research & development activities, UTP hopes that the output will be taken by the automotive industries for commercialization purposes.
The competition was jointly organized by PROTON and AIM, with the support from Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation (MOSTI); Malaysian Green Technology Corporation, an agency under the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA); Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI), an agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI); and Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International, Malaysia Section.