Tiny little electric vehicles make a lot of sense for people living in urban environments – and (tell the truth, now) how many of you live in a city? Even with a relatively short range, small electric vehicles thrive in their natural habitat of slow speeds, many stoplights, and lots of traffic.
Of course, then you have something like the QBEAK out of Denmark. The QBEAK is a tiny, boxy electric car from Danish electric vehicle manufacturer ECOmove, developed according to the motto “Small Urban EV.” It’s not an original motto, but it’s certainly a relevant one.
You and Your Environment Both Matter
ECOmove is working under the assumption that the driver matters, the driver’s comfort matters, and the impact the car has on the environment matters. The QBEAK is therefore equipped with two zero emission electric motors, 35.4kW each for a total of 70.8kW of potential power.
Those electric motors give the little car a top speed of 75mph (don’t give me that look, you know perfectly well the speed limit in the city is well below 50) and a range of 186 miles. Part of what helps give the QBEAK that impressive range is its weight – it weighs less than a thousand pounds. 937lbs, to be more precise.
One would expect, given the weight and the repeated use of the word “little” that the QBEAK is, in fact, rather small. One would be mostly right – it’s only 118” long. It is, however, a boxy 69” wide, and 65” tall (that makes it somewhat bigger than a Smart Fortwo, if you’re curious, but not by much), which means that yes, traffic will see you coming.
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ECOmove is currently taking reservations and plans to start delivery in the fourth quarter of 2012.
Source: Green Car View
Image Credit: Green Car View
Charis Michelsen spent 7 years living in Germany and Japan, studying both languages extensively, doing translation and education with companies like Bosch, Nissin, Fuji Heavy, and others. Charis has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. She also believes that Janeway was the best Star Trek Captain.