Posted in BUSINESS on 3/13/2023 11:30 am
The interest he had in caring for the environment led him, as a child, to José Eduardo Villagomez de Monterrey to found a company that today is dedicated to transforming conventional vehicles into electric ones.
“I want to do something for the environment, here in Monterrey, and in the whole world, we have experienced very poor air quality,” says the young entrepreneur, when talking about his company, Electric Vehicles & Hybrids (EVH).
Just 24 years old, in the first 18 months of launching his company, Villagómez managed to have around 100 units running on diesel or gasoline and now 100 percent are electric.
“When you’re outside your house because of the poor air quality,” laments the manager, saying he’s trying to fight climate change with his venture.
The vehicle, he says, is not easy to convert. But in your company it normally takes two weeks to do that with each unit.
“It’s very complicated because there are many things that work differently in an electric car and you have to program it,” he adds in the interview.
EVH customers are already rolling out converted electric vehicles in the country’s three main cities, while the firm has factories distributed in 11 states, although its main market is Monterrey, where its headquarters are located.
The growing interest in the ability to convert combustion electric vehicles to electric is reflected in the fact that the startup receives around 500 customer requests every day.
“There is an interest in electric cars in the car; already observing that they were well; The public has already accepted this new one, and we had a good reception from the companies and the government”, Villagomez expresses.
You want to be an affordable option…
José Eduardo Villagomez Kuri was open about the scope of his venture, since he started it when he was about to finish his degree at the Tecnologico de Monterrey (ITESM). Its purpose should be an alternative for anyone who wanted to travel in their car without pollution.
Today, the cheapest price of conversion services from electric units to electric users is 250,000 pesos, because of which it means economic in relation to the prices that the market for new electric cars handles.
For example, the Tesla Model 3, which is the cheapest of that brand, exceeds $1 million pesos, although it has advanced technology and auto-active systems.
“We want someone to have an electric car, it’s not going to be super expensive,” he said.
And among the advantages of Villagomez’s company’s customers, Electric Vehicles & Hybrids (EVH), he confirms, are savings on gasoline and maintenance.
The companies, he assures, find more benefits in the conversion of vehicles, since it also allows them to renew their old classes.
The CEO of EVH says that any owner of a convertible car can recoup their investment over time from what they save on gas and maintenance.
This way he had a positive response in the government sector because, according to the entrepreneur from Monterrey, his clients already include the municipalities of Cadereyta, San Nicolas, Mier y Noriega and Zaragoza.
“Not much interest has been noticed by the government to support this sustainable cause, because they are recycled cars, they are cars that run on gasoline and are no longer needed, converting them to electric generates a greater environmental benefit than buying factory electric cars,” he says.
in all the tabernacles
Villagomez Kuri explains that his vehicles can be charged in any conventional electrical outlet.
In converted EVH vehicles, he says, they require six to eight hours to charge the battery to 100%, which gives ranges of 60 to 500 kilometers, depending on the type of conversion.
It is a lithium battery, similar to those used in the original manufactured electric vehicles, and is estimated to have an average life of eight years, equivalent to approximately 3,000 observation cycles.