ELAM FAW to Produce 25,000 Electric Cabs for Urban Mobility in Mexico

ELAM FAW has the objective of manufacturing electric taxis in Mexico to improve urban mobility. Get to know more.

ELAM FAW to Produce 25,000 Electric Cabs for Urban Mobility in Mexico
In Mexico, the electric taxi is the future. Image by Mohamed Hassan from Pixabay

Truck manufacturer ELAM FAW plans to bet this year on electric mobility. It is working on a project to manufacture 25,000 electric taxis in Mexico in two years. Ernesto del Blanco, president of the Board of Ensambladora Latinoamericana de Motores (ELAM), explained that the new vehicles are designed for urban mobility in major cities. They will have a speed of 80 to 85 kilometers per hour.

The company is also working on an agreement with a mobility application that will be in charge of evaluating people who want to drive one of these vehicles on all government levels. This is to ensure that they do not have any criminal, legal, or banking records.

"The goal of the project is to give drivers a low-cost car that they will be able to drive safely with the help of a mobility app, and that will increase their monthly income by 8,000 to 9,000 pesos," said Del Blanco.

He indicated that the increase in the cab drivers' salaries would be because they would stop buying fuel. He recalled a driver has an average salary of 10,000 to 11,000 pesos per month. Del Blanco said that a taxi drives between 220 and 280 kilometers per shift and uses 20 liters of fuel per day, which is the same as 420 pesos in gasoline.

Another of ELAM FAW's plans for this year is to expand its Hidalgo plant to triple its size. The plant, which began operations in November 2019, has 10 thousand square meters of roofed area, 3.5 hectares of yards, and 1,200 square meters as a spare parts area. "Next year we will make investments of five billion pesos for the purchase of materials and logistical aspects. To which will be added the investment we will make in the plant, a figure we have not yet quantified," said Del Blanco.

Source: Reforma