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Mexico City students introduce new ‘Green Vehicle’ prototype

The Executive Committee of Youth for Climate Change, National Unity Federation of Engineering AC (UNAI), gave recognition to Mexico City mayor, Miguel Angel Mancera Espinosa, for the implementation of public policies and programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the CDMX and its commitment in the fight against the causes and effects of Climate Change.

The award was presented on Tuesday as part of the inauguration of the Forum on “Environment and Climate Change”, where students from higher education presented the “Green Vehicle”, a sustainable prototype that works with minimum electric energy, generated from a tandem of six batteries for the ignition, and accumulates kinetic energy after approximately two kilometers of operation.

The mayor, in witnessing the operation of the vehicle prototype, affirmed that the countries with the greatest development in the world are those that are implementing green innovation and Mexico City – and Mexico – are not far behind.

The development of the vehicle is a sample of the work done by young people from the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN), the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the Chapingo Autonomous University (UACh), the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Tecnológico de Monterrey and Universidad Iberoamericana.

“Mexico is asking to encourage young people and to find development in entrepreneurship. Here we can potentially have the development of a company that can give many benefits to our country and just like that, we have other projects,” he said.

The Head of Government promised to review the “Green Vehicle” project with the Ministry of Mobility (SEMOVI) and the conversion of diesel vehicles to natural gas.

The current administration of Mexico City is committed to the fight against Climate Change and stated that the creation of the thermo-valorization plant for the conversion of waste into energy; The biodigestion plant; Compaction and composting, as well as the implementation of solar panels, are some of the actions aimed at the care of the environment and responsible management of the wastes produced in the CDMX.

The “Green Vehicle” is currently in an advanced stage of development requiring bodywork, electronic elements and energy regeneration tests..

The student of Industrial Engineering in the Interdisciplinary Unit of Engineering and Social and Administrative Sciences (UPIICSA) of the IPN, José Antonio Garfias González, said that innovation is closely linked to sustainability, so it is a key piece to solving the world’s environmental problems.

He explained that the development of this project aims to replace zonal transport, such as bicitaxis and mototaxis, by a more efficient and secure means of transport that allows to generate alternatives to replace existing vehicles that make use of fossil fuels.

He noted that if applied, this transport can be regulated to meet the needs of ecological and sustainable transport.

“It is a vehicle technologically superior to what is currently available in the market and that uses 90% recyclable materials. It will actively participate in the care, prevention and preservation of the environment in relation to the reduction of polluting emitters, greenhouse gases and materials with which it is produced,” he explained.

On behalf of the Executive Committee of Youth for Climate Change, José Antonio Garfias González urged the city mayor to sign an agreement with UNAI to promote the joint development of innovation projects in Mexico City, while inviting him to to carry out a test of the “Green Vehicle”.