German electric mobility-Startup e.GO Mobile, that just struck a deal with VW for the MEB platform, is currently presenting the series model of their regular e.GO Life in Geneva. The small electric car will go into series production in the company’s new plant in Aachen.
The e.GO Life will be launched in three variants, the technical details of which were already released just over a year ago. After the road release experienced some delay due to a reorganisation at important suppliers, the Aachen debut model is to be delivered from the beginning of May.
As the German trade publication, Elektroauto-News portal claims to have learned from a reliable source, all existing pre-orderers of the e.GO Life (up until number 4,300), are to be supplied by the end of 2019 after successful homologation in mid-March.
While the basic version starts at 15,900 euros, the middle version starts at 17,400 euros. Those wanting the more powerful e.GO, will have to pay 19,900 euros. A surcharge of 1,200 euros will be charged for the infotainment system, which does not include the navigation system that will only be available this year for an extra 1,900 euros.
Now in Geneva, e.GO Mobile is also presenting the Life Concept Sport, an offshoot of the small electric car with a more startling design, sportier chassis and higher performance in combination with a high-quality interior and a panorama glass roof. “The e.GO Life Concept Sport stands for the fun factor of dynamic electric driving and is affordable for everyone at the same time”, said Professor Günther Schuh, CEO of e.GO Mobile in the run-up to the car show.
Also on display will be a near-series model of the e.GO Mover minibus, which is scheduled to go into production in Aachen in April 2020, as well as the new e.GO Lux electric shuttle intended for private journeys. According to the manufacturer, customers can order individual equipment for the latter. “The e.GO Lux is the perfect combination of locomotion and well-being. You can’t drive and work so comfortably in any other vehicle, and with virtually no emissions,” Schuh says.
While the e.GO Lux still has some way to go before it is ready for series production, the automated e.GO Mover electric bus can be seen for the first time in Geneva as a near-series version. The electric shuttle was developed by e.GO Moove, the joint venture of e.GO Mobile and ZF. Able to transport up to 15 passengers, advance orders have been in progress since the end of 2017.
The road approval for the e.GO Mover was initially granted as a manually driven bus, according to e.GO Mobile, but it is ultimately designed for autonomous driving. In addition to the standard version, the joint venture also offers a smaller vehicle version for private customers, tradespeople and retailers and, as an option, additional equipment with a range extender. “The new mobility service providers are the biggest driving force behind autonomous driving functions. Networked systems – made up of sensors, artificial intelligence, electric drives and actuators – are becoming increasingly important and ZF can supply all these from a single source. The e.GO Mover is the perfect proof of ZF’s system expertise,” says Torsten Gollewski, head of ZF pre-development and managing director of Zukunft Ventures GmbH.
Meanwhile, e.GO Mobile in Geneva is not only making a name for itself with its exhibited vehicle quartet. The Aachen-based company is currently garnering even more attention since Volkswagen announced on the eve of the fair that it would open its MEB electrical construction kit to external manufacturers and that it had already found a partner: the Startup e.GO Mobile.