Macau, China, 14 June – An electric vehicle with an autonomy of 250 hours being developed in China by a Portuguese engineer is to begin a round of tests this week, the engineer told Portuguese news agency Lusa Wednesday in Macau.
Filipe Bragança said that he had been developing the vehicle for four years at Sun Yat Sen University, in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province, the government of which is financing the 25 million yuan project, which is expected to become the “city’s taxi.”
Bragança began the project aiming for a vehicle with autonomy of 250 kilometers, as according to a survey that is the average distance traveled by a Guangzhou city taxi in one work period.
Due to start tests on the first full prototype, Bragança said that the car was electronically limited to a maximum speed of 130 kilometers per hour and has an autonomy of 400 kilometers at a constant speed or 96 kilometers per hour, or 250 kilometers at variable speeds.
By the end of the year, the project team wants to build another five units of the vehicle and another 15 in 2008, and it is expected to be exhibited in Beijing during the Summer Olympic Games. (macauhub)