PROTON Green Mobility Challenge 2012

PGMC2012 is an initiative of PROTON, together with Agensi Inovasi Malaysia, to promote electric vehicles. Teams compete to build the best performing EV based on a standard 2nd generation Proton Saga.

Day 2: Fastest Time & V-Max

In the afternoon, two challenges were held together: Challenge 2: Fastest Time for 2 Laps and Challenge 3: V-Max

Day 2: Pit Walk

In between Challenge 1 and Challenge 2 & 3, the organisers provided some time for a pit walk session. Spectators are allowed to go into the pits to mix with team members and look closely at the electric cars.

Day 2: Quarter Mile Acceleration

The second day is the day of 'performance' challenges. It started with the scrutinising and safety inspection of the cars. Then, Challenge 1: Quarter Mile Acceleration starts.

Day 1: Pit Display

While most of the team work on the car, some members focused on sprucing up the pit. This is because there are also prizes on team identity and pit display.

Day 1: Registration & Practice

It's October 5th, and finally, we're in SIC. The first day started with the registration and scrutinising of all 10 cars by the PGMC 2012 TC. Only four team members were allowed to be present during the inspection.

Battery Management System

When using batteries as the power source, a battery management system (BMS) is very important. We use the Orion Li-Ion BMS.


As an electric vehicle, the batteries used in the car has to be charged from time to time. The 12 V lead-acid car battery also has to be charged while the car is running.

Thermal Imaging

In order to get an idea of where the hottest and coolest parts of the components might be, we made use of a thermal imager.

Saga Model Incompatibility

When PROTON initially gave us the car, it was a Saga BLM 1.3 model. However for this competition, PROTON then decides to standardise the cars, based on the Saga BLM 1.6 model.

Controller Programming

The motor controller given to us was preprogrammed. To win a race however, one has to evaluate the objective of the race and tune the controller accordingly.

Track Familiarization Day

On 17 September, teams were again invited to the Sepang International Circuit, where the challenge will be held, for driver circuit familiarization.

Thermal Management

Thermal management consists of the management of heat dissipation of the motor, motor controller and lithium-ion batteries with different methods.

Test Drive

The I.C.E. Terminator EV is moving!

Completing The Circuit

With the new electric engine in place, we reconnect all the wires and install the vacuum pump. Put the tyres back on and it's system go.


We have had some problem with adapting the transmission to fit the motor and the car. But finally, we got the parts together and mounted the new electric engine.

Battery Compartment

For the purpose of safety and thermal management, the batteries must be enclosed in some sort of compartment.

Component Assembly

The concept of ICEV to EV conversion is simple enough where the original engine is to be replaced with the electric motor provided by the organizer.

Third Progress Update

Following the previous visit, PROTON and the PGMC2012 Technical Committee visit the teams again for the third progress update. They visited us on 14 August.

In-Car Wiring

Now that the car and its electrical engine system are together in the EV Lab, the wiring of the two can be integrated together.

Friday, 29 June 2012

Motor Controller

After receiving the motor and batteries during the briefing at SIC, the next item PROTON gave us is the motor controller. This Curtis AC induction motor controller will control the HPEVS induction motor. It can be programmed using either Curtis's Windows PC Software Tool or Handheld Programmer.
Curtis Model 1238

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Proton Saga EV

Before launching the PROTON Green Mobility Challenge 2012 (PGMC2012), PROTON has already developed its own Proton Saga EV. When commercialised, possibly as early as 2013, the car is expected to be priced at around RM70,000.

First previewed in 2009, PROTON's electric vehicles at the moment are still in the test fleet stage. In 2011, PROTON delivered three Proton Saga EVs to the government for the test fleet, as well as five Proton Exora REEVs. For this purpose, several charging stations have been deployed at federal government offices. More will be placed around Putrajaya, Cyberjaya and select locations in Kuala Lumpur.

At the first progress update at MITC, PROTON showcased one such Saga EV.
Saga EV with 5 ICE Terminator members



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