Proton Iriz electric vehicle might become the next big thing

Malaysian automaker Proton recently presented its latest ‘child’ named Iriz at the 2015 International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition and Conference Malaysia (IGEM). Brand-new EV has a 39.6 kWh battery pack (featuring LG Chem cells), 186 miles (300 kilometers) of electric range, can do 0 to 60 mph (100km/h) in 9 seconds and has a top speed of 93 mph (150km/h).

10/20/15 5:00 am chumakdenis 1

How much do you know about Malaysian automakers and about Proton in particular?

If your answer is “nothing” or “not that much”, well, we are on the same page, my friend.

Before now I knew nothing about Malaysian automakers – I even didn’t know that Malaysia can produce something like that – do hope that Malaysians won’t be throwing stones at me for that.

However, everything changed a lot after my visit to the 2015 Internation Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition and Conference Malaysia (IGEM).

In there I saw her: Proton Iriz, the lovely vehicle with the design of the VW e-Golf and specs of the Nissan Leaf.

Beauty, isn’t it?

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Let’s talk about her more.

Proton Iriz EV

Proton, a Malaysian carmaker, recently presented at the 2015 International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition and Conference Malaysia the electric version of its Iriz model.

With a 39.6 kWh battery pack (featuring LG Chem cells), Proton Iriz EV can go up to 186 miles (300 kilometers) under NEDC.

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So much juice comes from a permanent magnet AC synchronous electric motor that puts out the equivalent of 116 kW (155HP) and 360 Nm of torque. This allows Iriz accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (100km/h) in 9 seconds and have a top speed 93mph (150km/h).

Charging

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Charging seems to be copied from the Nissan Leaf - 6.6 kW onboard and 50 kW DC.

 Like in the Nissan Leaf, a 7.23 ratio for the single-speed transmission is noted.

According to Proton, the battery can be charged from 40% to full in just 15 minutes with a fast charger, four hours with a public charger and seven hours with a standard three-pin plug.

From 40% to full charge takes 15 minutes – does anyone still think that charging has not been copied from the Nissan Leaf?

Improved batteries

Proton says that Iriz can cover more ground than 150 miles (Nissan Leaf can cover 124 miles) – a  NEDC cycle-based operational range of around 300 km is mentioned. An impressive figure considering that the car weighs in at 1,380 kg – 195 kg heavier than the standard Iriz 1.6 Premium CVT (1,185 kg).

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Production

It’s expected that production of Iriz EV could materialize by the end of 2016/early 2017.

Let’s wish Proton good luck and wait more news from them.

Particularly, we are interested in its price.

If the vehicle won’t be expensive, there are high chances that it will hit European and American markets.

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