A low-cost, golf-cart-sized solar-powered vehicle is headed to the United States.
According to Tuesday’s report from electrek, the major CEStech industry convention in Las Vegas will host the U.S. debut of the Quadsolar electric city car.
According to a statement made by Robert Hoovers, co-founder of Squad Mobility, “We are seeing a tremendous amount of interest from the USA, particularly for markets such as sharing platforms, gated communities, campuses, (seaside) resorts, tourism, company terrains, hotels & resorts, amusement parks, and inner-city services.”
According to a press release, the Squad solar city car is the creation of Squad Mobility, a Dutch firm that was established in 2019 by Hoovers and Chris Klok, who were both formerly employed by Lightyear. The vehicle made its premiere in Europe in May as what the manufacturer billed as the first solar-powered city automobile in history.
It has two seats and may be charged by the sun or a battery. According to electrek, it will retail for $6.250 in the United States. While it may be appealing to some urban dwellers on their own, the company also views it as a potential rival to or addition to shared electric scooters or bike fleets.
When the SQUAD originally debuted in Europe, the firm claimed that it was optimized for sharing platforms. It is made to withstand the damage that comes from frequent use. The compact two-seater is simple to use, park, and gain access to.
According to techgenyz, the electric vehicle started selling for 6,250 euros in Europe. It has a 19.2-mile charging range on its rooftop solar panel and a 62-mile charging range on its four battery packs. It can move no faster than 28 miles per hour. Although electrek claims it has greater capabilities than a conventional golf cart, it will be categorized in the United States alongside golf carts as a low-speed vehicle.
Nevertheless, as Fred Lambert reported for electrek, there is discussion among industry insiders about whether the item is only a golf cart or genuinely a novel and useful product. Techgenyz referred to its compact size as fun and dinky.
Of course, the company claims that it will address a special need for city residents who want to run errands without having to worry about their groceries getting wet, paying congestion fees, or battling for parking.
According to the website, Squad provides a quick, easy, secure, and sustainable solution for your daily mobility needs.
Due to its classification, most nations do not require drivers to have a license in order to operate it. Three of the vehicles can fit into the typical parking place because it is only two meters (about 6.6 feet) long. It includes a storage space in the back that can be expanded by folding in the passenger seat, and it can fit a laptop comfortably on its dashboard. Electrek stated that the folding seat could accommodate a golf bag or stroller.
The CES, where the vehicle will make its debut, runs from January 5 to January 8. It is unknown how well the car will perform in the US.