If you live in Bozeman, Montana, you might not feel the need of a 254-pound single seat micro car that is just 31 inches wide and 63 inches long. But if you live in a crowded European city like Amsterdam, the German engineered iEV X electric car may be just the ticket. It’s small enough that you might be able to slip it into an elevator and take it to work or park it in your apartment.
But what if you want to take someone with you on your journey around town? What if you need to carry a brief case or loaf of bread with you? What then? No worries, friends. The iEV X can expand to 75 inches so your passenger can make use of a tiny jump seat that stows behind the driver. Need even more room? Press a button and car stretches out even more to a whopping 87 inches. When extended, the sides of the vehicle are open to the elements, but in a world where doors are an option on the Renault Twizy, that should be no problem for space-conscious Europeans.
The base model is powered by a 48 volt lithium ion battery, good for a range of 37 miles and a top speed of 28 miles per hour. Recharging the battery takes 3 hours. A 40 watt solar panel will be mounted on the roof to help power the car on sunny days. The price right now on Kickstarter is a minuscule $2,150, according to New Atlas. There are electric skateboards and bicycles that sell for more than that!
The fancier iEV X+ model will feature a 72 volt battery with 75 miles of range and a top speed of 37 miles per hour. It will weigh 320 pounds and come with a 60 watt integrated solar panel. Other amenities will include an optional automatic robotic charging system and a pedal system to help boost battery range. Price for the iEV X+ will be about $9,100.
Both models come with power operated side mirrors, a wide angle rear view camera, a 7-inch touchscreen, and full LED lighting. The car is built on a steel chassis with aluminum body panels. Production will depend on how successful the Kickstarter campaign is. See the video below for more details about the iEV-X.