Seeing the rise of electric vehicles in countries like Spain and France, Carlos Casallas seeks to make electric mobility more accessible in his country, Colombia. The automotive technician then embarked on the conversion of Renault into electric.
The electric vehicle for everyone!
“I was frustrated that the new electric vehicles cost $ 35,000. So I retrofitted,” said Carlos.
Carlos Casallas has worked in car mechanics since 1999. With EcoVehículos, which he founded in 2017, he wants to allow “ordinary people” to drive with an electric vehicle. By converting vehicles to electric, the price offered is half the price of a new vehicle ex works.
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Electric Renault with the solar train
EcoVehiculos launches in retrofit with Renault. The first one that the company has transformed is already more than 2 years old and more than 20,000 km already traveled after electrical conversion. The Logans and Twingo hold no secrets for him. And they are even regularly requested.
Renault’s passion is currently leading him to restore a 1974 Renault 4 – or 4L – of excellent structural condition. Carlos is also interested in vehicles made outside Colombia, in other countries such as Ecuador or Peru.
Carlos wants the retrofit to go out to as many people as possible. In the coming months, he is banking on various electrical conversion projects. Vans, tricycles, buggies, and even a solar-powered electric train are already on the way.
In addition to Renault, EcoVehiculos offers to convert Chevrolet, Nissan, Volkswagen, Mazda and Hyundai models.
Their conversion is around $ 11,000. For a car like the Logan Renault converted to electric, Colombians will have to pay around $ 15,000.
No terminal nearby? The company offers buyers to equip themselves with solar panels to recharge their electric vehicles. As in the photo below, EcoVehiculos is offering the installation of a solar parking lot for $ 9,000.
Or $ 24,000 for the converted vehicle and its sustainable and free charging system. So always less than the cost of a new electric vehicle.
Public-private partnership to support the development of Retrofit
To obtain more support from the Colombian government, EcoVehículos works with the “electric mobility” committees of several public, but also private, entities.
“We firmly believe that this is the most accessible way for a person to have an electric vehicle. I hope to influence society by example, to rapidly improve the air quality in our cities. We were able to talk to the Colombian president and his ministers by showing them the vehicles converted to electric. It is important to develop public-private partnerships. Our government must support retrofit players while encouraging local industry to move towards massification of electric vehicles. ” says Carlos Casallas