The New Handmade car in Cambodia.
The Angkor Car EV 2013, sporting sliding – if somewhat shaky – scissor doors, fingerprint-activated entry and the retail price around $10,000.
The electric car, launched by local Heng Development Co,ltd headed by wealthy Seang Chan Heng, was a far cry from the ramshackle contraption that first lurched from mechanic Nhean Phaloek’s workshop more than a decade earlier. The Angkor EV 2013 can run with a top speed of 60km/h and the power to go 300 kilometres after a single three-hour charge.
“The main reason that I started the EV car project was because of my curiosity since I was young – and the fact that I have my own car garage as well,” inventor Mr. Phaloek Nhean told News69. “Angkor Car EV project is very important because my family and people around me have supported it, and I also like to create or invention something new and different from other.”
“We had signed an MOU with Chau Leong Enterprise Group to provide the electrical appliances for the Angkor Car, and he told me he had a factory in Hong Kong that produces cars,” he said during the car’s launching event. “But when I went to Hong Kong to visit his company… I was disappointed – he had no factory.” They lied us.
Still now our Car still need more check and verify because we are not the best yet. “Even in bigger companies such as Honda or Toyota, there tend to be problems with their creations,” he said. “As we can see, they have to call back many of their cars on some occasions for such a big company, and since we just started, of course there will be some problems. So let’s not talk about this, and focus on what we can do and our purpose.”
For upcoming Angkor Car, Mr. Phaloek Nhean Innovator of Angkor Car appears not to have given up his quest to steer Cambodia away from environmentally harmful forms of transport – even down to the most humble. A simple sight along the streets/ roads of Cambodia’s cities, the motorized carriages affectionately known as Tuk Tuks (Romok Kong 3), a phrase borrowed from neighboring Thailand, have taken the place of the colonial-era rickshaw to provide cheap transportation to Cambodian people and tourism around the world. It is this informal industry, which has undergone its own quiet revolution following the influx of ride-sharing apps into the Kingdom, that Phaloek has set his sights on next.
“I want to invent a new EV-Tuk Tuk to use in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap province using both electricity and gas,” he said. “And now we are looking for a partners who is passionate about this sort of project, in terms of creative ideas and skills or funds to support the project.”