Govt contemplating tech companions for brand spanking new nationwide automotive, focus is on vary extender EVs – Nissan e-Energy?

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Whereas many are sniggering (to place it evenly) on the newest gambit by the federal government – have you ever not heard of Malaysia’s upcoming flying automotive? – it’s straightforward to overlook that one other new automotive undertaking is (purported to be) brewing within the background. We’re after all speaking in regards to the new nationwide automotive undertaking (NNCP), which by the best way, has missed the timelines introduced in October 2018.

Then, entrepreneur growth minister Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof stated that the NNCP can have its identify introduced by the top of 2018, with a prototype scheduled for early 2019, forward of a 2020 roll out.

The automobile is to function semi-autonomous driving functionality, and shall be protected and low-cost, we have been advised. Early this 12 months, there was phrase that the id of the corporate main the NNCP could be introduced on January 28, however that day handed by with none NNCP information.

The dates talked about above have come and gone, and there’s no firm, identify or prototype to be seen. There may be nonetheless a small replace. In response to Mohd Redzuan, who by the best way additionally introduced the flying automotive concept, the federal government is at the moment contemplating expertise partnerships to develop the third nationwide automotive. That is essential to make sure the applied sciences chosen are applicable and sustainable, Bernama reported.

“We’ve acquired many options from numerous quarters, and we are going to shortlist every of them. This isn’t straightforward (to be selected) as a result of it must be mentioned on the Nationwide Improvement Council degree, and I count on us to succeed in a choice inside this 12 months,” he advised reporters in Putrajaya yesterday.

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In response to the report, Mohd Redzuan stated the federal government was at the moment specializing in making Malaysia an vehicle manufacturing nation, and that the federal government would give attention to ‘Prolonged Vary Automobiles’ for the NNCP because it was deemed extra reasonably priced.

No elaboration, however they might have in all probability meant vary extender EVs, versus full battery electrical autos. Again in August 2018, earlier than the official NNCP announcement, prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad stated that Malaysia shall be looking for help from Japanese automakers for the third nationwide automotive undertaking, and he name-dropped Nissan and Toyota then.

If ‘Prolonged Vary Automobiles’ does certainly discuss with vary extender EVs, Nissan at the moment has such expertise. The Nissan Observe e-Energy – on sale in Japan since late 2016 and displayed at KLIMS 2018; ETCM has indicated curiosity within the tech – is technically an EV, however there’s no socket for plug-in charging just like the Nissan Leaf.

As a substitute, there’s a 79 PS/103 Nm 1.2 litre three-cylinder engine appearing solely as a generator for the 109 PS/254 Nm electrical motor from the earlier Leaf. The petrol engine is just not linked to the pushed wheels, so this isn’t just like the hybrids that we all know. Nissan says that the e-Energy system supplies the advantages of an electrical motor – resembling most torque from standstill – with out the accompanying vary nervousness.

Nissan can be one of many extra superior carmakers in the case of autonomous tech (learn extra on its ProPilot tech right here) and “semi-autonomous” was talked about within the NNCP announcement. So, may we be a Nissan-backed third nationwide automotive with e-Energy and ProPilot tech?

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GALLERY: Nissan Observe e-Energy at KLIMS 2018

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