The Norwegian company CityQ is presenting a light electric vehicle of the same name in Berlin in April. The vehicle itself is a cross between an electric bike and a car. The market launch is planned for this year.
The LEV (Light Electric Vehicle) has four wheels, space for up to three people plus luggage and a 48-volt propulsion system, including a 250 to 500 watt motor, allowing for a speed up to 25 km/h.
According to the manufacturer the CityQ has a range between 70 and 100 km and may even be able to stretch beyond that thanks to a built in solar panel on the roof. The vehicle is charged via a three-pin plug.
Morten Rynning, the CityQ CEO pointed out that northern European cities cannot expect their citizens to take a bike on the many days where it is cold and rainy. In order to provide a reliable year-round biking experience, there has to be a guarantee that riders will remain safe and dry. As a result, the CityQ can also easily be fitted with doors if needed. With a width of 87 cm it is not much wider than a scooter,, and since it is classified as an e-bike, it does not even require owning a license to operate and can ride on bike paths.
The Norwegian manufacturer ensured that the 60 kg vehicle would be appropriate for rental and leasing services, as well as varieties of ride-sharing systems. A smart phone app has already been developed for it.
It will be presented on the 11th or 12th of April at the Electric Vehicles: Everything is Changing conference in Berlin. The first models are planned to hit the streets before the year is out at a price of around 6,000 euros.
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