1000 electric Nissan Sentras (sort of) coming to Mexico from Azure

Azure Dynamics announced yesterday that the company will supply 1,000 drive systems for electric cars (including motors, controllers, gearboxes and DC-DC converters) to Electro Autos Eficaces of Mexico ("EAE"). These components will be integrated into Nissan Tsurus (i.e., Sentras) that are being converted from petrol to EV, and used by the municipal fleet of Mexico City. Where the batteries will come from was not declared. The deal is valued at more than CDN$7.0 million. Azure is based in Toronto.
The first converted Tsuru should be by May 8, when Mexico City's Mayor, Marcelo Ebrard will drive one to the International Electric Vehicle Forum his city. The rest will be converted over a year and a half.

To give an idea of how big this conversion program might get, EAE's Luis Perez Quintana said that Mexico City currently operates over 25,000 Nissan Tsurus for city business. Sounds like Zap!'s Gary Starr should be keeping an eye on this.

[Source: Azure Dynamics via EV World]

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