New electric tricycles come into service in Havana

New electric tricycles come into service in Havana

HAVANA, Apr. 10th. A new batch of 20 electric tricycles is practically ready to begin providing public passenger transportation services in the country. These vehicles, highly demanded by the population, have been assembled by the national industry at the “Narciso López Roselló” Equipment and Applications Company, from components imported from China.

Electric tricycles already have a history in Cuba. Its journey began in 2019 with 23 vehicles in Havana, initially on two routes that linked the municipalities of Plaza de la Revolución, Cerro, Centro Habana and Habana Vieja.

Due to the great popular acceptance and demand during service delivery hours, from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., new routes were incorporated in Havana until currently reaching the figure of 113, with 14 routes distributed in eight municipalities of the capital: Cerro, Plaza de la Revolución, Centro Habana, Habana Vieja, Boyeros, Guanabacoa, Playa and Marianao.

In December of last year, 25 new electric tricycles left Havana for Artemisa, to cover four itineraries in this provincial capital; In January of this year, 15 arrived in the city of Matanzas, with four routes; and 10 tricycles to the city of Cárdenas in three routes.

Subsequently, in the month of February of this year, 20 of these vehicles were put into operation on seven routes in the special municipality of Isla de la Juventud. There are already 183 electric tricycles on 29 routes in the country and so far this year more than 1 million 312 thousand passengers have been transported with these means.

In the capital, since this modality began it has been under a management system of the Taxis-Cuba company, with a price of 4 pesos per passenger and in the rest of the country, 10 cups. These vehicles are driven by professional drivers, to whom the vehicle is leased on a linear basis with a group of conditions that must be met.

The tricycles that began to provide services at the end of the previous year, or the beginning of this year, are almost entirely functioning, but in the case of those that have been working in Havana for years, they currently have a technical readiness coefficient of 83%.

The main causes of paralysis of these tricycles are difficulties with the regulating box, battery, front suspension, general electricity and some with tires and differential.

The electric tricycles that have just been assembled will extend this service to another territory in Cuba, and this will happen several times this year, with an estimated 200 new vehicles that we must have ready. We will dedicate a broadcast on this topic next Friday at 6:30 p.m.