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.
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.
Greek company Ecosun conceived the idea three years ago, designing the product and supplying electrical systems and batteries.
The rest was done in China where there is clearly more experience in the manufacturing of electric vehicles and also much more flexible production conditions that play an important role in the competitiveness of the final product price.
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.
It has 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.