Guatemala to launch assembling plant of electric cars with tech support from China
Guatemalan manufacturer Luka Electronics unveiled a range of electronic vehicles on December 17 in Guatemala City, which it aims to produce in quantities in 2016 with China’s technical and training support.
(Soundbite) Veronica Arjona, President of Luka Electronics
“It will help people save a lot, because you can drive from 80 to 100 kilometers with a limited and affordable load of power.”
Luka Electronics has decided to invest about 500,000 U.S. dollars to establish an assembly plant in Masagua municipality, south of Guatemala City, to churn out vehicles ranging from sedans, pickup trucks to buses.
(Soundbite) Julio Sosa, Operation Manager of Luka Electronics
“For December 2016, we have two goals. The first is to have the thousandth vehicle assembled in Guatemala. The second is to have the first electric bus commuting on the streets of Guatemala. I’ll go a little further: we expect to have high-speed electric vehicle during the first quarter of 2017.”
Luka Electronics executives formed their idea to set up the assembling plant in Guatemala, after paying a visit to China where four workers can assemble an electric car in 45 minutes.
Considering the potential demand of the local market, they then became determined that such an initiative will pay off as local drivers spend less and the environment is hugely benefited.