Mexican researchers present light-duty electric vehicle

By Valeria Bigurra Peñavera

The vehicle was created by a group of Mexican researchers

A group of Mexican researchers and entrepreneurs presented a light-duty electric vehicle, which has the advantage of having an ultra-fast charge and protection of the electrical network.

vehiculo3Original image: "VECLOM", by Agencia Informativa Conacyt, used under CC BY 4.0 license, via Conacyt.

The Mexican company Vehículos Eléctricos Corporativos (VEC), together with the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Seciti) and the Autonomous Metropolitan University (UAM), were in charge of its creation.

During the presentation, the Secretary of Science, Technology and Innovation of Mexico City, René Drucker Colín, said that Mexican electric vehicles could be the solution to many of the problems of the capital of the country; and also demonstratesthe importance and ability of Mexico to start developing its own technology of great impact, in order to stop depending on the innovations of other countries.

vehiculoOriginal image: "VECLOM", by Agencia Informativa Conacyt, used under CC BY 4.0license, via Conacyt.

The vehicle presented has the capacity to load up to one and a half tons so it is perfect for merchandise transportation, and can drive up to 100 kilometers with a 60 minute recharge.The battery has a useful life of 10 years, and the traction mechanism is composed by an electric motor of alternating current controlled by a computer and its mechanically adhered to the wheels.

The estimated price of the vehicle will be 500 thousand pesos, which according to its creators is quite competitive in comparison to similar vehicles that have the same utility and are already on the market.

vehiculo22Original image: "VECLOM", by Agencia Informativa Conacyt, used under CC BY 4.0license, via Conacyt.

Another advantage of this transport is that it is much cheaper in terms of cost of operation, as it costs only 36 cents per kilometer, while an internal combustion vehicle costs approximately 2 pesos per kilometer.

The vehicle that was presented is a test, and the researchers will continue to carry out field tests, in order to see the areas of opportunity and improve them, so that soon they can begin series production.

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