Soki, a two-seat electric car, set to hit the market in March (VIDEO)

Soki, a two-seat electric car, set to hit the market in March (VIDEO)Chile's first electric car, Soki, was driven through the streets of Santiago over the weekend.

The two-seater, named after an indigenous word meaning 'two' from a now extinct tribe in Patagonia, can run for up to 37 miles and costs about 2,000 USD.

One of the car's creators explained how the idea was to make a vehicle with the comfort and safety of a traditional car but also about the advantages of other forms of transportation such as a motorcycle or bicycle.

Daniel Pavez, Soki creator, said: "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 and was designed by a company created by Pavez, who is an industrial mechanic.

What sets the vehicle apart from similar models is its practicality in urban settings.

"What motivates us is the power to create a model offering a different value. So the value proposition, I think, is the main difference. There are other vehicles with three wheels in this style but they don't have the same characteristics as this one, which make it more practical when it comes to considering the model for use in a city," – Pavez added.

The car is to be available for purchase by March 2016 and was developed with support from Chile's Production Development Corporation, also known as CORFO, a governmental organisation that promotes economic growth in the country.

Daniel Pavez, Soki creator: "These are challenges that are going to continue to grow, especially in densely populated cities. So they, [car creators] like to highlight this project because they have proposed a solution, as I was saying, that is clean, that is efficient, and also has high standards of comfort and security.".

Over the next few weeks Soki and its team of creators will participate in an 11-city tour to show off the sleek little machine throughout the country.

Source: Ukraine Today
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