Mass production of the Angkor Car—the first automobile to be designed and made in Cambodia-will be pushed back six months until December due to technical difficulties with starting the engine and opening the doors, the car’s designer said yesterday.
Mr.Phaloek designed the miniature car for his family back in 2000, partnering with the local firm Heng Development in July 2010 to find investors for the project. In March 2011, his vision to mass-produce the car became a reality after inking a deal with Chau Leong Enterprise Group, a Hong Kong-based electical appliance firm, to build a factory in Takhmao City and produce the automobiles.
Mr. Phaloek said yesterday that designer were having problems with intergrating automatic functions form fingerprint scanners that are supposed to start the engine and open the doors.
“We have already produced some of the cars, but we are not yet ready to release them because of technical problems with the equipment,”he said.
Production on the vehicle began at the manufacturer’s plant in Kandal province earlier this year, producing an unknown number of two-and four-seat convertibles with top speeds between 80 and 120 km per hour.
“We have designed the cars not to use gasoline, and they are quiet and will never smoke,”said Mr. Phaoek of the car, which resembles a smaller version of the popular Indian manufactured vehicle, the Nano.
He added that the car would need three to six hours in order to charge its full battery, providing 100 km to 300km of distance depending on the terrain and speed.
So far, more than $20 million has been poured into the production phase of the project, with Hen development group holding 80 percent of the joint venture with Chau Leong.
Sea Chanheng, director of Heng Development, said the firm would reassess initial plans of putting between 500 to 1,000 cars on the market.
“We will have a better idea of how many cars we will put on the market later in the year,” she said.
Source Accordance: Cambodia’s daily news