Quantum Motors is taking a unique approach with its tiny electric cars designed for three passengers. They are small-sized with focus on basic transportation needs for short distances. With a speed of 35 mph and a range of 50 miles per charge, $7,500 price tag makes it even more appealing. The purpose of this new microcar launched by Quantum is to close the gap between motorcycles and big cars, providing enhanced safety and weather protection. Despite the limited growth of the small EV segment in the US, the emergence of new manufacturers indicates a possible shift in the market with the concept of Think Big, Drive Small.
Bolivia has only one electric car manufacturer, making it difficult to compare with larger competitors. But Quantum Motors, based in La Paz, is designing compact electric cars specifically for three passengers. Quantum Motors has made an unconventional decision, despite being situated in a country abundant in lithium resources. Nevertheless, they have chosen to adopt an approach that embraces the concept of “less is more.” Which is why it is said drive big change with small electric vehicle by Quantum Motors.
The cars manufactured by the company are approximately the same size as a golf cart. The compact dimensions indicate that they are specifically engineered to fulfill the basic requirements of a car. That is, transporting a limited number of passengers and their belongings within the confines of the city.
The Quantum seats the driver and passenger one behind the other and reaches a maximum speed of 35 mph (56 km/h). This small electric vehicle features a 6.3 kWh lithium-ion battery that provides an impressive range of 50 miles (80 km) on a single charge.
It can be conveniently recharged at home or on the go by simply plugging it into a standard electrical outlet and utilizing Level 1 charging. With its compact size and limited range, this vehicle manages to offer an appealing price tag of around US $7,500.
Many Americans have seen cars, both combustion-powered and electric, get bigger over the past decade. A smaller, more compact car design like this might seem unfamiliar. But as José Carlos Márquez, general manager of Quantum Motors explained, the small stature is actually an advantage in many countries.
“E-mobility will prevail worldwide in the next few years, but it will be different in different countries. Tesla will be a dominant player in the U.S., with its speedy, autonomous cars. But in Latin America, cars will be more compact, because our streets are more similar to those of Bombay and New Delhi than to those of California,” General Manager Márquez added.
Quantum Motors was established a mere four years ago and is currently in its early phase. The company has successfully managed to sell 350 cars in Bolivia, its domestic market. They also sold an undisclosed number of sales in the neighboring countries of Peru and Paraguay. However, the young car manufacturer has intentions to establish a manufacturing plant in Mexico. With this they can potentially enhance their production numbers.
In North America, larger EVs have become a common sight, while in South American and Asian countries, there is a rising interest in exploring smaller alternatives. In countries where electric motorcycles haven’t gained as much success as larger electric cars have in North America and Europe, small vehicles could serve as a valuable link between smaller two-wheelers and larger cars.
By using small electric cars instead of combustion-powered motorcycles, commuters can have a smaller impact on the environment while still enjoying the advantages of weather protection and potentially safer crash protection.
While smaller electric vehicles are not uncommon in the United States, they have yet to experience a substantial increase in popularity. These vehicles are often referred to as LSVs or NEVs and they have not seen significant growth so far. However, the US market may experience a transformation as numerous intriguing electric microcar manufacturers have emerged recently.
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