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Posted: Wednesday, September 9, 2020. 11:21 am CST.

By BBN Staff: Belize is renowned all over the world for its passion to protect the environment. From nature reserves to the historic moratorium on offshore oil exploration and phased banning of gillnet fishing; Belize has taken the lead many times over in the region to exemplify what “environmentally friendly” should look like. Now, Caribbean Motors is opening the next chapter in Belize’s legacy of positive environmental actions by bringing in Belize’s first line of electric cars.

Breaking Belize News (BBN) spoke with Caribbean Motors this week to learn about the Greatwall Ora R1, and Ora IQ fully electric vehicles, that are already available for pre-order. Chad Deitrich, Corporate Sales Manager for Caribbean Motors explained that the R1 has a distance of around 215 miles on a full charge, while the IQ gets around 250 miles on a full charge.

“The R1 takes about $15 for a full charge, so $15 could take you 215 miles,”  Deitrich said. “The IQ has a total charge of around $21 so again a really great charge and its very inexpensive.”

He added that charging will not be a problem as Caribbean Motors is partnering with Belize Electricity Limited for owners of electric vehicles to have 220w lines installed at their homes to facilitate charging. A standard amp charger can fully charge a vehicle between 14-16 hours, while the upgraded charger could cut charge times down to eight hours.

“Our friends at BEL are interested in this project and they are going to be looking at charging infrastructure throughout the entire country. So to give people confidence to buy electric vehicles there is going to be charging stations at strategic points throughout the country.”

Apart from saving Belizeans money on trips to the gas station, Deitrich also noted that electric cars are low maintenance buys, noting that even brake pads last longer because the motor naturally slows down the vehicle, and produces a charging effect from the friction.

Caribbean Motors encourages those interested in being a part of the revolution to come down to their branches and take a test drive. The company will be accepting small down payments to secure preorders, and the vehicle will reach Belize by the end of the year.

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