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Two-seat car electrifies Chile streets

Thursday, October 01, 2015 - 01:05

Soki, a two-seat electric car made in Chile, is set to hit the market in March and its creators say it's ideal for urban use. Jennifer Davis reports.

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Chile's first electric car, called Soki, is whizzing around Santiago streets in test runs right now and is set to be widely available for purchase locally, by March 2016. The two-seater vehicle can run for up to 60 km or 37 miles and costs about $12,000 dollars. Daniel Pavez, one of the car's creators, says the idea was to combine the best parts of a traditional car with a motorcycle or bicycle to help people best navigate busy city streets. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ELECTRIC CAR CREATOR, DANIEL PAVEZ, SAYING: "I made this part from personal motivation but later it turned into a technical challenge that we tried to resolve with the inclusion or the development of a concept of transportation that tries to provide in the same product, the same sense of safety and comfort that you find in a car [traditional car] with the agility of a motorcycle and with the efficiency of a bicycle, and trying to make it very economical." Soki runs on a battery that can be charged in three hours. Its creators are launching an 11-city tour to show off the sleek machine.

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Two-seat car electrifies Chile streets

Thursday, October 01, 2015 - 01:05