Detroit Electric eyes comeback with Malaysia& s Proton as partner

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Detroit Electric eyes with Malaysia s Proton as

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 2 Sep 02, 2008

The Netherlands-based firm Electric said Tuesday it has talks with Malaysia’s carmaker Proton to produce cars for the Southeast Asian

We are in preliminary talks with It started last month. We to conclude the talks by year-end, Lam, chairman and chief officer of Detroit Electric, AFP.

Proton has said it is keen to electric cars, to reduce emissions and avoid rising costs.

Lam also said Electric was keen to establish a in Malaysia to manufacture batteries for the cars, along with a and development unit, at a total of about 30 million dollars.

Electric was an icon of the United auto industry in the early producing the first electric But it went bankrupt in 1939 and was by Lam and other shareholders in the Netherlands and the US year.

Lam said Detroit Electric to collaborate with Proton to electric cars for the Southeast market or to use Proton’s existing platform to produce electric under the Detroit Electric

He said the company planned to out 30,000 electric cars by as he demonstrated their performance at a test circuit in Shah west of the capital Kuala

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Detroit Electric fitted the into Proton’s Savvy and models and in a Lotus Elise car.

Proton said it was evaluating and studying the technology but it was too to comment on the progress.

Proton was formed 25 years ago by premier Mahathir Mohamad as of an ambitious national industrialisation but its market share has slumped in years as it faced difficulties in a new deregulated market.

The government has it to forge a partnership with a automaker to give it the expertise and of scale that it needs to but talks with Volkswagen and Motors have collapsed.

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