“Mictlan” is the name that received a electric vehicle created by students of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).
This urban car was developed 100% with Mexican manufacturing. Its creators, physics, chemistry and engineering students, created the first electric car developed at UNAM.
Development of “Mictlan”
The electric car was built from fiberglass (body), aluminum (chassis), recycled plastic (windows), and two motors in its rear wheels. The dimensions of this prototype are 2.70 meters long, 1.25 wide and 1.15 high.
It is important to note that you can reach a maximum speed of 80 kilometers per hour. This is thanks to the fact that its two motors are fed by one lithium batterywhich guarantee great energy efficiency.
It is an environmentally friendly car because, being electric, it reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 40% compared to cars that run on gasoline.
Lithium batteries work from the conduction of heat and electricity, thereby avoiding the burning of fossil fuels.
In the same way, the design of the electric car is aerodynamic, which promotes lower energy consumption, as there is little resistance from the wind.
In accordance with Enrique Gabriel Munive Roldan, team captain DZEC (“Scorpion”, in Nahuatl), it was named Mictlán because it “represents the experience of imagining and concretizing a real engineering project”.
In addition, he pointed out that with its design it seeks to evoke Quetzalcoatlone of the most important gods of the Mexican worldview.
The UNAM DZEC team will represent Mexico in the Shell Eco Marathon Americas 2023 with this prototype electric car.
This international competition, in which 39 universities from around the world participate, will take place from April 12 to 16, in Indianapolis, United States.