electric vehicles in Nicaragua

Hello all,

My name is Jim, my family and I are making the move at the end of January to join you all there. I ask the question about electric vehicles because I build both electric cars and motorcycles and want to continue to do so. We have designs for our own vehicles we want to bring to production if only for export if not well received there. Can you all kindly (please) tell me your thoughts on them.

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Tesla S

While I don't expect anyone in Nicaragua is planning to buy one, there is a very interesting review of the Tesla S in Automobile who picked it as thir 2013 car of the year. Even if you don't have an extra $80k, the review will help you realize that electric cars can be real.

Not really expecting anyone to

purchase a Tesla, in fact not to many people still residing in the USA will buy one. Plagued by to many operational and delivering troubles. I am talking more about conversions and we have more plans for construction of new but I am getting ahead of myself, and this is probably not the proper place to go into it. We will have the info out on our site in a few months or so

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I thought it was a good post, better than some of the crap we have going.


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Electric vehicles

I agree with you wholeheartedly about seeing the "lay of the land" before trying to get ev's popular there. I am going to build them as we have the designs all done, they have went through failure analysis and all pertinent testing. I don't kid myself that there will be a big market with them I figured we would probably end up exporting them. But at least my suppliers have no problem shipping components to me there and costs will be lower at least in my theoretical cost analysis.

What is the cost of a kwh of power in nica? I am at 12 cents a kwh here in Ohio. But I have access at cost to solar panels and wind turbines and would gladly sell them at not much over cost plus shipping to those interested people (my goal in life is not to be greedy and rich but to be happy and feel I have done a small amount to make my childrens world a bit better). We are setting up charging stations on the Hawaiian islands that use wind generation to provide charging power and we will probably be utilizing a large solar array on the leeward sides of the island for charging stations (the maui electric company is not happy with us) so there is a lot of ways to get it going if the interest is there. My vehicle is an extended body land rover with an all aluminum body (frame as well) being driven by a small diesel engine driving a generator which in turn powers a battery pack that in turn powers an AC electric motor powering the transfer case getting me on level ground at freeway speeds (65-70 mph) on average 77 mpg. and I can run 35 miles on battery power alone. Its all possible if the desire is there like you say.

I was just trying to calculate the distances from florida in order to get our speed boat over here, is uses the same set up but it drives two electric motors going to twin jet drives.

Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday

Some of this is going to depend on what electric generation

...will be like in the medium future. Gas is $6 a gallon here, so if you can move people for as many mile for less, it could look very good.

Rebecca Brown

Solar charging seems to be the answer.

They can plug in while they have their t shirts up exposing their bellies

Works at least six months of the year on the Pacific coast

Not sure what it would be like on the Atlantic Coast with one month of dry season.

Rebecca Brown

So Masaya is a good place to launch.

Flat, bigger city with lots of hustle and bustle and already has the tiny cabs with what looks like smaller than Austin Mini wheels!. A lot of fares going from the Pan Am to the markets. Good visibility and promotion while they wait at the Pan Am.

I used to help the milkman in his battery operated electric Milk Float in the 60's: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milk_float

As an ex-owner ...

In the late 1990s I converted a VW Rabbit to electric. I wasn't doing that much driving but I felt that as I had been suggesting the idea for years, I should make an example of myself. It was clearly a success. The only downside was that I was in Seattle so needing to waste energy to defrost the windshield, for example, was a consideration.

I had considered importing electric vehicles (from China) when I lived in Estelí. I saw a market which I think is still there. The only downside I see here is the relatively high cost of electricity but I feel there are alternatives there as well.

Who has a personal vehicle, what people need and such are very different from the US. Thus, what makes sense here will be different. My one-sentence advice is that electric vehicles can make sense but, before constructing for the market here, do your homework which really means to spend some time here and see how things work.

I See Some

big pluses. First of all, highway speeds are more like 45 and 50 during the day. The stretch of the PanAm I drive on won't sustain speeds higher than that during the day. Speeds through the endless small towns drop to 25 or less.

You will not have much of a need for heat, perhaps a small amount at night. Many Nicas do not have A/C, so less energy there as well. I posted earlier about a small car, something similar to the Mercedes Smart car or the Fiat equivalent, might catch on. Nicas are used to smaller cars

Distances driven are usually much less as well. Parts made elsewhere, with assembly in Nicaragua, might made good economic and political sense.

Good Luck!

The Masaya taxis look like smart cars

Maybe an easier sell where they already look normal. Good flat city 20kph all day long.