Sun, Mar 18, 2012 - Page 2 News List

University to set up ‘hospital’ to treat electric cars

Staff Writer, with CNA

The National Taipei University of Technology said it planned to set up the nation’s first “hospital” for electric cars by the end of the year to serve as a professional maintenance center for electric cars.

The center will seek to train maintenance professionals and improve people’s electric car maintenance skills, said Cliff Wu, chairman of the university’s Department of Vehicle Engineering.

The university plans to import 200 electric cars from Norway-based electric car maker Think over the next two years and members of the center will be able to gain hands-on experience maintaining the cars, university president Yao Leeh-ter (姚立德) said.

Yao said the imports were part of an initiative launched by the Ministry of Economic Affairs to evaluate whether electric cars are suitable for Taiwan, and if not, what improvements need to be made to make them more suitable.

“The 200 electric cars will be installed with 3G monitors, which will send the cars’ driving records back to the university for analysis,” Yao said.

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