He demanded an investment of four millions dollars and four years of work. And it started to be produced today, at the motorcycle factory Da Dalt, with the aim of reaching the 150 units by the end of the year. The commercial launch will be in November, with an estimated price of ten thousand Dollars.
Sero Electric is the entrepreneur's dream Pablo Naya, dealership owner La Voiture (Citroën), in partnership with other investors. Among them stands out Pierre Ianni, Director of Quality of PSA Peugeot-Citroën for Argentina and Brazil.
The vehicle measures only 2,35 meters and its design is based on the Movitron teener Italian.
Those responsible for the project are processing a special permit to be able to circulate in local traffic.
Meanwhile, Sero Electric can be used in closed areas for industrial, security, transfer in private neighborhoods and airports. These will be some of the uses it will have in U.S, its first export market, starting next year.
The Da Dalt plant in Villa Luzuriaga today continues with the production of some motorized cargo tricycles, but is practically taken over by Sero Electric. Currently 15 people work, but it is expected to form a staff of 50 employees.
Autoblog interviewed Pablo Naya to know more details of the Argentine electric car.
-What significance does the industrial launch of Sero Electric have?
-For us it is the day that marks the beginning of the production of our electric car. And we consider it a historic day, because it is the first of its kind in Argentina.
-How much work was done to get to today?
-It took four years of work and thousands of hours of development to get to the point of being ready to start production. In addition, it required an investment of almost four million dollars. But we consider that all the effort was worth it, because this is a car that also makes us proud as Argentines: 85% of its parts are national, when the average of the local automotive industry is around 30%.
-What are the imported components?
-The motor, the controller and the differential are imported, because there is no national production at the moment.
-What is Sero Electric's production target for 2015?
-This year we plan to produce 150 units, we hope to reach 300 in 2016 and the goal is to stabilize at 500 per year from 2017. Currently 15 people work, but the goal is to reach a staff of 50 employees. To this must be added another 50 indirect jobs, created by our suppliers to meet the demand for Sero Electric.
-When will the commercial launch be?
-We estimate that it will go on sale in November. We calculate that by that time we will have the product with the necessary quality to be commercialized.
-Do you have an estimated retail price?
-We calculate about ten thousand dollars, which is the price with which we will be exporting it. From there, later we will have a clear picture of its price.
-The Sero Electric today cannot be used on public roads, as it is not approved, but is work being done to obtain a street use permit?
-Yes, we are doing many negotiations with people from the national, provincial and municipal governments to be able to achieve the necessary regulations so that a car like Sero Electric can circulate on public roads.
-What is missing to obtain that permit?
-The categorization. All over the world there is a category for this type of model, which is usually called L6. It is a category that exists in Europe and the United States, which allows the circulation of electric vehicles of up to 350 kilos and a maximum speed of 45 km / h.
-What are the basic technical characteristics of Sero Electric?
-Today we are working with deep cycle acid batteries, but we hope to use lithium batteries in the future, but that will also affect costs. The engine has a maximum power of 8 kW (10.8 hp) and has a range of 65 kilometers with gel battery. With lithium batteries we estimate that it will reach 120 kilometers. Recharging is very simple: it is plugged into a domestic electrical outlet and it is fully charged in five to seven hours.
-From today's industrial launch to the commercial launch of November, what remains to be defined?
-We have to finish the development of the other bodies. So far we have a two-seater model and we still need to develop the four-seater version and the pick-up, which can carry 150 kilos and a large volume.