Following the Lightyear One project, the two founders of Squad Mobility, with their vision of a simpler and more affordable electric car, hope to make real improvements to commuters in crowded cities, culminating in solarQuad, a miniature solar electric vehicle with a roll-up frame. This “spacious” two-seater four-wheeler bridges the market gap between a two-wheeled scooter and a four-wheeled car and relies on photovoltaic panels to meet energy demand for less than 6,000 euros.
(From: Squad Mobility, via New Atlas)
Despite the impressive lightyear One electric four-door car earlier this year, it sold for 149,000 euros (1.152 2 million RMB), meaning that only eco-lovers can buy it for a fee that cannot be made available to the mass market.
Aware of this, Robert Hoevers and Chris Klok decided to invest their enthusiasm in a more realistic goal, setting up Squad Mobility in Amsterdam to develop a more affordable photovoltaic roof car.
This week, I didn’t see the latest developments in the project. It features a minimalist design that is approximately 2 m (6.6 ft) long and meets the European L6e light quad bike certification requirements with a maximum speed of 28 mph (45 km/h).
The open-ended Squad is also equipped with a complete roll-resistant frame, which drivers and passengers can call side by side, complemented by seat belts and rear luggage.
The biggest feature of Squad compared to the competition is the integrated photovoltaic roof that meets some or daily charging needs. Based on 30 km (18.6 miles) per day, photovoltaic panels provide an annual range of 9,000 km (5,592 miles) in areas with abundant solar resources.
When solar energy is weak, Squad also supports plug-in charging, or simply tearing down and replacing the battery. For an additional battery (30 miles / 50 km), consumers can buy it for 1,450 euros (112,000 RMB).
Without doors and windows, Squad is clearly better suited to travel in warm, sunny weather. But Klok, the chief designer, points out that the car is still well suited for the last mile of travel.
Squad is currently available for bookings at 5,750 euros (less than 445,000 RMB). The company will also develop a battery life and a faster version, with interested friends delivering a deposit of 500 euros.