You might not know about Zacua, but the company is making headlines on both sides of the border with the first electric car made in Mexico by a Mexican company. Zacua just introduced two new electric cars to the market, the M2 and the M3 – and they are both expected to go on sale in November.
The two small electric coupes will be made by Motores Limpios, but sold in Mexico under the Zacua brand name. In Mexico there is a need for small, zero emissions vehicles, especially in densely-populated urban areas.
“Global warming has very serious consequences [and] Mexico cannot remain on the margins. Mexico has to be a protagonist with tangible initiatives that start to make a difference right away,” said company director Jorge Martínez.
At 120-inches-long, the small Zacua Coupe is still just over a foot longer than the Smart Fortwo, but only weighs 838 pounds compared to the 2,000 pound Smart. The Zacua M2 and M3 are powered by a 6.1 kWh lithium-ion battery that provides a driving range of 71 miles and takes eight hours to fully charge.
Following the introduction of the two-seater M2 and M3 models, Zacua is planning a larger four passenger car that will be introduced in 2020. Production of the two-seater models will be extremely limited, since Zacua only plans put 100 units on sale in November, which will be followed by 200 in 2018 and an additional 300 in 2019. Pricing starts at 440,000 pesos (US $24,500).
“This new Zacua coupe meets urban needs,” Martínez said, adding “that’s what we’ve been working on and we’ve received enormous encouragement from the Mexico City government.”