British micro EV maker launches compact two-seater for London
Tuesday 23/April/2019 - 08:26 PM
London-based EV start-up Siticars has unveiled a two-seater microcar aimed at drivers living in the new Ultra Low Emission Zone، Auto Car said.
The Me، available in pick up، box van and passenger car forms، boasts a top speed of 48.5mph and claimed range of 93 miles from its 10bhp 72V electric motor.
It is not dissimilar to the Reva G-Wiz، an electric vehicle on sale during the noughties، which was widely criticised for poor safety. This is، in part، to the fact that quadricycles - of which both the G-Wiz and Me are defined - are not liable to the same stringent EuroNCAP tests as heavier، more powerful cars.
Siticars says that، although the Me is “fully approved for use on UK roads by DVLA and has full EU certificates of compliance”، it is ineligible to be driven on motorways due to its top speed.
Siticars said the benefit of the 518kg Me over such cars includes its ability to park “in less than half of the space required for traditional cars”. A company spokesperson said that parking 90 degrees to the kerb would allow up to three to park in one space.
The similarly sized Renault Twizy is cheaper، starting at £6،690، but features a tandem-style two-seat layout، as opposed to the Me’s side-by-side format، and does not include batteries، which have to be leased from the company. The Me can be ordered online from May for between £7999 and £12،000 according to specified battery choice and bodystyle.
The Me، measuring just 2245mm x 1290mmm، can be equipped with 10kWh lithium batteries that can be charged from a domestic 13amp 3-pin wall socket in 4-6 hours. Edited by Ahmed Moamar