Mexico is the seventh largest automobile producer in the world. However, so far, there are several companies that have plans to build electric vehicles in Mexico among the major automakers. As announced, the group wants to produce a small SUV at its plant in the State of Mexico. The model was originally destined for Ford's Flat Rock plant in Michigan. However, the development and production of autonomous vehicles will be pushed there in the future, so the electric model is migrating to Mexico. In addition to conventional variants of the Q5, Audi also plans to assemble a hybrid version in Mexico. The plant in the state of Puebla is currently preparing for this step. The plant has an annual capacity of 150,000 vehicles.
Although the Mexican automotive industry is dominated by foreign companies, there are some domestic approaches to electromobility. The company Motores Limpios launched the two-seater Zacua. The vehicle weighs 380 kilograms and has a range of 195 kilometers at a top speed of 95 km/h. Moldex, a subsidiary of the bakery giant Bimbo, announced that it is developing an electric propulsion cab model together with the Mexican company Giant Motors.
Another Mexican company, Vehículos Eléctricos Corporativos (VEC), is developing electric commercial vehicles. Together with the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM), the company presented the prototype of a van whose battery needs only 60 minutes to charge for a range of 100 kilometers. The selling price of around MXN 599,703.53 is affordable compared to other electronic commercial vehicles. Information on the exact market launch is not yet available.
Infrastructure in Mexico
Electric and hybrid car sales are slow to recover in Mexico. The charging infrastructure is relatively well developed, but heavily concentrated in the capital region. The largest network of charging stations (Chargenow) in Mexico offers a total of 434 stations. Most of the stations are located in hotel lots, shopping malls and retail properties. Chargenow is a cooperation between Nissan, BMW and the state-owned electric utility CFE, which is currently installing 30 stations. The charging technology for the Chargenow network comes from Schneider Electric and General Electric. Most of the charging units are publicly accessible and can be used free of charge.
U.S. automaker Tesla operates the second largest network of charging stations in Mexico. The company offers around 410 charging stations throughout the country, which are also mainly located in hotels and shopping malls.
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