Dutch start-up Squad Mobility has unveiled its new Solar City Car, a small quadricycle competing with Citroën Ami that can be recharged by the sun.

The electric quadricycle features built-in solar panels and is now available for pre-order after three years of development work by Squad Mobility, a company founded by Robert Hoevers and Chris Klok in 2019. They previously worked for Lightyear, a company developing a long solar car with reduced autonomy – but the Solar City Car is responsible for making short trips in the city center.

Marketed next year and marketed from €6,250 (5,290) excluding tax in Europe, the Solar City Car is intended for private and shared mobility. There is no news yet on whether it will be offered in the UK.

The two-seater is two meters long, one meter wide and 1.6 meters high, and is powered by a pair of 2kW electric motors which power the rear wheels and give a top speed of 28mph. So expect to be able to park it in really tight spaces.

Like the Ami, it is classed as L6e for light four-wheeled vehicles, meaning it can be driven by 16-year-olds in some countries (but not the UK). A more powerful 44mph version, which would fall under the L7 vehicle category, is planned for a later date.

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The Solar City Car can accommodate up to four 1.6 kWh batteries, giving a maximum capacity of 6.4 kWh, sufficient for a range of 100 km. Squad claims rooftop solar arrays can add 12.5 miles of range per day on a sunny day in Europe. The company notes that the average quadricycle user travels around seven miles a day. And the Solar City Car does not depend on the sun to power the batteries. It can be plugged into a 220V outlet and the batteries are removable, so they can be taken to a power source to be charged.

Beyond solar power and battery technology, the machine features an integrated roll cage, seat belts and a full front and rear crash structure, while the doors can be removed. As with many quadricycles, the interior is a bit basic, but includes a phone holder, USB charger and optional air conditioning. The two-seater has 168 liters of storage, which increases to 243 liters if you fold down the passenger seat.

The Solar City Car is designed for both private use and for mobility and car-sharing fleet systems – the operators of these systems can control a “power wall” to charge multiple batteries at the same time.

As well as being offered for outright sale, the company is planning subscription and rental schemes, the latter starting from £84 per month. It remains to be confirmed if Squad will officially offer the machine in the UK.

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Source: www.autocar.co.uk
This notice was published: 2022-05-28 23:07:00

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