Vietnamese man makes electric car out of passion

A Ho Chi Minh City resident has become famous after introducing his homemade electric car that can carry up to five people at the maximum speed of 50km per hour. Tran Minh Tam, owner of an electric bicycle shop in Cu Chi District, has been able to create the electric vehicle without using any high technology. Local residents have given the man the nickname ‘Tam xe dien’ (electric car Tam) for his accomplishment. The car, named CITY 18, is designed to have five seats and can reach the top velocity of 50km an hour. After being fully charged, the vehicle can travel for up to 160 kilometers. It is also equipped with an air conditioner and karaoke system using Bluetooth, both of which are powered by an engine separate from the car’s. Tam has developed a passion for automobiles for quite a long time as his family owned a fleet of passenger buses in the 1980s. The electric car is designed to have five seats. Photo: Tuoi Tre Despite dropping out of school after the ninth grade, Tam has equipped himself with a lot of knowledge on cars after years of working as a driver. After running his own electric bicycle business, he began feeding his enthusiasm by building electric vehicles, from two wheels to three and four wheels. Tam also turned his bike shop into his personal gallery with a series of photos of the electric vehicles he had made over the decade. In 2007, Tam’s three-wheeled car, which… [Read full story]


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