World’s first ‘Solar City Car’ promises to revolutionize urban travel
A new e-car sporting photovoltaic cells on its roof is being developed as an about town budget option for electric car enthusiasts.
Billed as being something between an expensive bike and a cheap car, the Squad Mobility vehicle has large windows, removable doors and its solar panel roof provides enough energy to cover 20km a day.
In addition, a replaceable battery increases its range to 100km and two electric motors at the back means it can reach a maximum speed of 45 km / h.
Mateusz Tomiczek, one of the designers behind the project, said: “The main design idea was simple and we wanted fast production processes to be able to quickly bring the vehicle to market.
“We also wanted the vehicle to maintain an attractive price and to be able to compete with two-wheelers.
“The car was a great stylistic challenge also due to the interior, which must be as functional and simple as possible, and made of easy-to-clean materials.”
He added: “Squad is small and urban and seeks to bridge the gap between classic cars and two-wheelers.”
According to Squad’s CEO Robert Hoevers and Chief of Design Chris Klok, regulations in most EU countries means the two-seater can not only be parked in motorbike parking spaces but it can also be driven without a driving licence.
The car is now available in pre-sale for approx. EUR 6,200 (approx. PLN 29,000), excluding VAT. For a similar price, you can buy a solid cargo bike. First Squad’s first deliveries are set for 2023.