Hungarian-Designed NEV Goes on Sale

The cars are being assembled in a 1,350-square-meter factory near Weiz in Austria, due to political uncertainties in Hungary.

Published: 21-May-2008

first Hungarian-developed electric car, the Bontino, can be ordered from Thursday, May 22, from Brixxon Elektromos Autó Kft, company director Sándor László Horváth told, although the business daily did not mention the retail price of the vehicles and whether they are on sale to individuals. The pickup's parts are manufactured for Brixxon by Hungarian companies such as Pécs-based Carbon Composite Kft and Sopron-based Hirschler Glas Kft, except for the undercarriage and the aluminum alloys which are imported from Asia. The company moved its production base to Austria on May 1, due to uncertain economic prospects in Hungary. The cars are being assembled in a 1,350-square-meter factory near Weiz in Austria.

The Bontino is the first model offered by Brixxon, but the company is working on development of other types and models of electric cars. This year, 3,000 Bontinos will be assembled in Weiz, Austria, with the first orders placed by Austrian local governmental and tourism organizations.

The company has signed a lease contract for a plant in the Eastern Austrian town, which has agreed to pay up to 40% of premises rental costs and offer further incentives if the company hires Austrian workers.

Horváth expects 150,000 cars to be sold within the next four years, mainly to tourism companies, but the director thinks they could also be deployed effectively in the food industry, for example, by delivery services. By this fall, the company will transport 500 vehicles to Barcelona-based car marketer Dilixi Life S.L., which will sign a four-year contract with Brixxon.

According to the company's official site, the Bontino is an ideal choice in crowded cities and suburban neighborhoods. Depending on the type of battery, it will run 80 to 350 kilometers with a single charge. It is also quiet, eco-friendly, low-maintenance, durable and able to climb slopes of maximum 20% due to the front-wheel drive, the website says.

Brixxon has also started development of a photovoltaic battery charge station, a "gas station" for electric cars. While the cars can be charged by plugging them into a standard electrical outlet, the charge stations provide a more environment-friendly solution, as they turn solar energy into electricity and can also be installed in remote areas.

Horváth said that the software to operate the solar "charging columns" will be completed within six weeks, following which the first station will be built in Weiz. The second station will be constructed in Nyíregyháza, followed by more in Austria and Hungary. The solar panels are provided by Korax Solar (Korax Gépgyárt Kft).

The company is currently negotiating with Hungarian investors who are expected to inject a further Ft 4 billion into the company. The funds will be used to finance the manufacturing process and construction of the charging station. The heads of the company, Horváth and his wife Mária Tremmel, are negotiating with other Austrian organizations interested in using the vehicle.


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