The vehicle, which will be produced in Hidalgo, the Secretariat of Science and Technology and Innovation of Mexico City (Seciti) and the Technological and Higher Studies Institute of Monterrey also participate.
Progress in the manufacture of a 100% Mexican electric taxi, which will depart from Ciudad Sahagún, Hidalgo, for which the companies have almost ready the prototype.
“The development of the prototype is practically ready. We already have the prototypes in test and running, so we are waiting for the right moment for its launch. I imagine that at the beginning of the year (2019) we will be analyzing the possibilities for Mexico City of a vehicle that is a solution to the pollution issue … “, said Elias Massri, director of Giant Motors Latin America, where Inbursa, the financial arm of Carlos Slim, is the main shareholder, in an interview with Forbes Mexico.
The Secretariat of Science and Technology and Innovation of Mexico City (Seciti), the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education and some suppliers of auto parts in Hidalgo also participate in the project.
It is a taxi similar to a minivan, for five passengers, with 150 kilometers of autonomy, fully electric, with cargo area, batteries in the back and a universal connector.
Massri said that it is sought that this vehicle has what it needs to be used by taxi drivers, from the technical characteristics of the car to beneficial financial schemes for drivers.
Giant Motors and Moldex already have experience in electric vehicles, since they have around 500 distribution units circulating in six cities of the Mexican Republic, which supply to ecological warehouses, according to data to 2017.
The production of these trucks began in 2015 at both the Sahagún plant and Moldex in Lerma, State of Mexico.
In the country, the sale of hybrid and electric vehicles was 9,326 units in the accumulated from January to July 2018, according to data from the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI).
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