The Perodua Eco Challenge 2017 (PEC 2017), one of Perodua’s main Corporate Responsibility programmes, has moved into its second phase where the participants from 10 selected institutions of higher learning will begin to develop parts and accessories to compete in its final round this November.
The 10 selected institutions are Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), University Kuala Lumpur (UniKL), Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP), Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM), Politeknik Ungku Omar (PUO), Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS).
In this phase, the students will be assisted by mentors from the planning stage to building, testing and upgrading their prototypes up to the final design.
“Through this process, they can try to adapt and adopt what they have learned in class.
“All the processes they go through in this competition will help them to be more confident and more prepared to enter a real working environment in the future,” said Perodua president & chief executive officer, Datuk Dr Aminar Rashid Salleh.
Launched in 2009, PEC offers students and faculty members from local institutions of higher learning an avenue to show their creativity in terms of design, engineering and business prowess against their peers from different institutions.
Between 2009 and 2013, PEC was focused on redesigning existing Perodua models, then later, to build up a new car and market them, with a more distance-race oriented theme during this time.
However, for this year’s challenge the institutions of higher learning will focus more in research and development (R&D) and will work closely with Perodua’s R&D team as well as Perodua’s vendors to produce prototype parts and accessories with more of a process development theme incorporated in the challenge.
Once the prototype is completed, the component will be reviewed by a team of judges this November.
Marks will be given on a stage-to-stage basis, where the institutions will be evaluated based on their progress and team participation, with a total prize worth RM85,000 awaiting the winner.
“We hope this new concept in Perodua Eco Challenge will bring a positive value to the higher learning institutions in producing high quality students who can contribute to the automotive industry.
“We are looking forward to see the outcome from the participants in the Final Round which will take place at the end of this year,” said Aminar.
He added that students who excel in PEC will also provide a talent pool for Perodua as well as its vendors.