The new Greek urban electric vehicle Ecocar (video)

The first commercial Greek electric vehicle – a two-seater car with an autonomous range of 100-120 kilometres capable of speeds of up to 80 km an hour – has entered into production and is now available for sale in Greece. The Athens-Macedonian News Agency web TV service interviewed the owner of Ecosun, the company that developed the new vehicle, and took it for a test drive on Thursday.

Designed and produced through the collaboration of the Greek firm Ecosun and a Chinese industrial plant, the “Ecocar” was first presented at the 82nd Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) in September.

It is just 224.5 centimetres long, 129 centimetres wide and 157 centimetres high, weighing a sum total of 670 kilos with its batteries. It comfortably seats two and its 7.5 kW electric motor is powered by six 72-volt batteries.

Two models have been approved for Greece and Europe, as a four-wheel city vehicle, while the company’s second line is a low-speed motorcycle with a 3kW motor.

At a public rapid-charging station, the batteries can be recharged to 80 pct capacity within minutes, according to the manufacturer, while fully recharging the vehicle at a regular power outlet requires between six and eight hours.

Talking to the ANA, Ecosun executive Giorgos Kazantzidis noted that the Ecocar “will not set fire to the tarmac but gets the job done at low cost and in an environmentally friendly way.” With a small investment in a photovoltaic installation as well, he added, the cost of running the car could drop to zero.

Ecosun enlisted the help of a Luxembourg firm for the issue of licences to distribute the car, which is expected to go into mass circulation in Greece and Europe in 2018.

“We knew that if we looked to Greece to get the car approved first in the country and then in Europe, things would not happen so simply. With the European approval we were able to proceed much faster,” Kazantzidis said.

The company already has a larger-than-expected number of orders for the Ecocar, he reported, while a number of sales were made at TIF before its official circulation date.

Among its strengths are its small size and low cost, as well as the fact that it can be recharged at a normal household socket like an electric appliance and that its running costs are just one euro per 100 kilometres. Despite being manufactured in China, its design and technology are 100 pct Greek.

AMNA

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