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The first Zacua electric cars produced entirely in Mexico by a 100% Mexican firm and particularly tailored for city drivers are slated to hit the market.
Motores Limpios’ two zero-emissions coupe models, the M2 and M3, will be sold under the Zacua brand name, which is taken from the Nahuatl name of a bird species found from Mexico to Panama and is meant to reflect traits of innovation, efficiency, and environmental respect. The concept was created out of a demand for more ecologically friendly transportation choices, according to company director Jorge Martnez.
This electric vehicle is made in Puebla. Mexico is well-known for producing some of the world’s top automobiles. Various facilities are responsible for the production of millions of cars each year. However, in virtually all cases, these are owned by major international corporations. Although there are some notable exceptions, such as Zacua, a Mexican electric auto designed primarily by women.
While the automobiles will be made in Estado de México at first, the design was done by Automobiles Chatenet in France, while the engineering development was done by Dynamik Technological Alliance in Spain. Some vehicle parts are also imported, however, Martnez stated that “the goal is to have each piece and portion of the car built here in the future”, assuming that the vehicle is still in demand in Mexico.
In 2019, the business relocate its manufacturing facility to Puebla, with a bigger four-seater variant following in 2020. The new electric car will not be subject to Mexico City’s Hoy No Circula (No Circulation Today) legislation, nor will its owners be required to pay a car tax or buy an environmental verification certificate.
“This new Zacua coupe satisfies urban demands… that’s what we’ve been working on, and the Mexico City administration has been quite supportive,” Martnez added.
First EV Made By Women
Zacua’s engineering center employs 25 women who work in both the design of prototypes and the creation of new ideas, as well as the assembly of various elements, which is one of the features that has gotten the most attention.
Nazareth Black, the project’s head, declared that “Zacua will be the first firm in the world to construct electric cars (EVs) with 100% feminine labor” during the International Energy Congress in Guadalajara in November 2020.
The goal is to promote diversity and inclusion in a traditionally male-dominated business.
E-Motor, Transmission, and Performance
The EVs have a peak speed of 85 kilometers per hour and come equipped with a navigation screen for vehicle status monitoring as well as Bluetooth connectivity.
Both the MX2 and the MX3 have a manual transmission of 1-speed with an electric motor of 18 kWh (46 Cv), They can generate a maximum torque of 87 Nm 64.17 lb.-ft and 46 (hp) Horsepower at 3750 Rpm.
Range, Charge & Battery
The cars have a 115-kilometer range and a peak speed of 100 km/h, however, a speed limitation kicks in at 85 km/h. They are powered by a lithium-ion battery that takes eight hours to completely charge. Charging takes roughly eight hours from 0 to 100%, albeit the battery does not need to be totally depleted to charge.
According to the manufacturer, the battery life is 160 kilometers, however, this will vary based on inclines, dips, speed, and the driver‘s driving habits.
The battery does have a life of 3,000 cycles (charges from 0 to 100%), which translates to roughly 8 years if charged from the minimum to the maximum every day, according to my calculations. furthermore, Zacua offers roadside assistance in the event that the battery dies, which it offers twice a year in Mexico City and the Valley of Mexico Metropolitan Area.
In terms of electric car charging stations, Zacua stated that there are now over 1,500 charging stations in Mexico, with roughly 70% of them being public and 30% being private. That is to say, the majority of them are free and may be found in commercial settings. Private businesses, on the other hand, do not cost more than 3.89 dollars for a complete recharge. The time allowed for recharging might be anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours.
Exterior & Interior Design
The zacua MX2 is a coupé with a more aerodynamic appearance and 247.5 square centimeters of trunk capacity. While the MX3 has a more traditional look, it is a hatchback with a trunk area of 487.5 square millimeters. Other than that, both versions are similar, including the fact that they only have two seats, making them two-seaters.
However, it is worth noting that the car’s external design was acquired from the French business Chatenet for use in Mexico, therefore it cannot be regarded as 100 percent Mexican.
The zacua MX3 belongs to the Hatchback category, and the first model of this EV was released in 2017, which is why we’re looking at a Zacua that’s been around for five years. As for The MX2, This EV belongs to the Coupe category, and the initial model of this MX2 was also released in 2017.
The vehicle is meant to fit into the tiniest of areas, being just 3.06 meters long, 1.56 meters wide, and 1.4 meters high, and weighs only 685 kilos.
Prices will start at around 440,000 pesos (US $24,500).
In 2019, the business relocated its production facility to Puebla, with a bigger four-seater variant in 2020. The newest electric car will not be subject to Mexico City’s Hoy No Circula (No Circulation Today) legislation, nor will its owners be required to pay a car tax or buy an environmental verification certificate.
- With a maximum power output of 34 kilowatts, it’s an electric permanent magnet synchronous motor.
- Lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 6.1 kilowatt hours.
- It has a front-wheel drive system.
- Hydraulic braking system with circuit.
- Suspension in the MacPherson Strut style.