Thursday, February 2, 2023

Neither taxi nor remi: Argentina’s electric car hits the streets as a patrol car

Cerro Electric, the Argentine electric car factory that operates in Castellar, announced in November 2022 that it is launching a new version of its largest ecological vehicle for four passengers, and that it will be used as a taxi or urban remi. as a way to slowly conquer the streets.

but none of the following: Its first model that will circulate through public space is the original, with only two seats, and with another function: it will be a municipal surveillance patrol car.

These days it was revealed that the municipality of Moron, the city in which the leading automaker in sustainable cars is located, has been incorporated Two units for security fleet Ciudadana, the body that supervises and assists the police in the neighborhood.

The main rationale for the decision stems not from safety itself, but from the environment: Since they have a fully electric motor, they are ecological vehicles.

How are Cero Electric’s patrolling cars

Elaborately, the two cars bought by the municipality are two-seaters, the ones the company usually makes so far for security companies, airports, hotels and large factories. The State Commission is a novelty, and unprecedented even in the Buenos Aires suburbs.

Also what kind of tasks will they do Support for Camera Surveillance CenterPatrolling and sending alerts in case of emergency, and intervening in situations that do not involve, for example, vehicle pursuit.

The Sero Electric was converted into a patrolling car.

The cars that the commune incorporated into its civilian control fleet came from the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of the nation.

“We work every day on prevention and vehicle awareness, adding environmentally friendly equipment,” he assured about the decision to include Cerro Electric from the same region of the commune.

Where are they going to use them?

Since they were approved to circulate on public roads in 2019, Cerro Electric can only run through roads and paths, Since they are not optimized for routes or highways. The maximum permitted speed they can reach is 50 kilometers per hour.

As it happened the municipality of Morón will allocate them Patrolling the center of Moron, One of the largest and busiest commercial hubs west of Greater Buenos Aires, where traffic is heavy, has pedestrian streets, and does not require high speeds.

In these vehicles a 5.6 horsepower electric motor, which plugs into a conventional 220-volt outlet, just as it would a cell phone. Full charging takes four to five hours. And the car is ready to go.

Among the main advantages that the Cerro offers, it is worth mentioning that with a full charge, a distance of 100 kilometers is covered, at an electricity cost of only 100 pesos. That is to say, electricity in this case is much cheaper than any other fuel.

Cerro Electric Added Four Doors To Be Able To Adapt To The New Needs Of The Patrol Service.

Cerro Electric added four doors to be able to adapt to the new needs of the patrol service.

Furthermore, there is no cost of lubricants, oils or filters in these electric cars. They have automatic gearbox with forward, reverse and neutral gears for easy operation. Its headlights and interior lights are fully LED to optimize energy consumption.

Market value of these cars for private buyers of US$20,000Two possibilities offered by the model, both for those with lithium batteries and those using lead batteries.

taxi version

The company whose plant is in the industrial park located within the Morón Air Base, on the south side of Castellar, was launched at the end of November. Four-seater version of your brand. He thought about using it for tourism and in airport-interior locations, but he speculated that in the future it could serve as a taxi or urban relic on the roads.

about this Fourth vehicle approved by Cerro Electric, Which has a plant in the west since 2018. Like previous versions, it plugs into 220v and operates entirely on electricity. The charging and autonomy times are similar to those of the models purchased by the Municipality of Morone.

to carry more people (driver and three other passengers) and more weight, The new model includes a more powerful motor and a battery that guarantees the autonomy of the previous Cerro Electric and even more.

“We had companies asking us to be able to do this model internally, or for airports and hotels. We are going to try to incorporate this new four-seater version into the taxi business in the future. because we believe they can work in the city,” speculated company president Pablo Naya.

The idea of ​​manufacturing electric cars in the country began in 2011, when Pablo Naya brought units with this type of engine from Italy, following an agreement with a European company to develop tooling in Argentina with some modifications according to local tastes. after.

The Electric Car Is Manufactured In The Buenos Aires Province And Will Start Being Exported.

The electric car is manufactured in the Buenos Aires province and will start being exported.

Since there were no other factories of this type in the country, the new family had to struggle for three years to get legislation allowing the use of these vehicles, and then more than a year to get approval.

This is how the company Cerro Electric started working at its Castelar factory in 2018 and in 2019 it was the first company in the country to approve an electric vehicle under the L6 category, which corresponds to a four-wheeled motorcycle that can travel 50 km /It is not more than that. hour, with movement restricted in the city.

There are four models available today: Cerro Electric Sedan, High Cargo, Van and Long Low Cargo.

Plan to modernize Cerro Electric

sero electric It is 100% manufactured in Argentina and they are starting to export parts to the US and Brazil so it can be assembled and sold there as well.

The pandemic hit Castelar’s company, which shut down manufacturing units till the end of 2021. Explained.

Today, future plans include a Restyling to modernize the aesthetics of all its existing models Along with the new bodywork and, moreover, they expect faster battery charging, which will be essential if one thinks of using these cars as taxis.

are you planning too expand to other countries Where the electric car market is highly developed. During a presentation in November 2022, Naya said, “With a Brazilian partner, we’re going to assemble our cars in Brazil, we estimate next year, and we’re going to assemble in a company in the United States.” Will send parts as well. The four-seater Cerro Electric was built.

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