Over the last few years, electric cars have become more mainstream with the launch of successful models such as the Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf. Now, Danish developer and manufacturer ECOmove hopes to enter the expanding e-car market with its QBEAK model, which is slated to hit the road in 2012.
Clearly pitched at urban dwellers, the emissions-free QBEAK weighs approximately 400 kg (881.4 lbs) while its batteries offer a range of up to 300 km (186.4 miles), with a top speed of 120 km (74.6 miles) per hour. Customization is at the core of the concept and the car can be adapted to suit different requirements of the owner. It can feature up to six seats or alternatively the seats can be removed to make room for a more spacious trunk.
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The number of batteries is also flexible, as they are available in removable modules (up to six can be installed in one car). With a length of three meters (9.8 ft) and sliding side doors, parking should not be a problem for the QBEAK (although it doesn't quite match the Hiriko in the parking department). The driver's seat is located in the middle of the car, so the driver can easily get out from either side.
“We have chosen to use alternative light weight materials and the QBEAK is equipped with a range of sustainable, competitive features such as in-wheel motors, a unique chassis platform with room for flexible battery modules and a communication system based on a smartphone,” said Mogens Løkke, ECOmove’s CEO. It also features a small turning radius and remote-controlled applications.
The simplicity and lightness of the model means that owning one should not break the bank. In fact, ECOmove estimates that running costs will be less than half the price of maintaining a standard car. Besides saving money, the QBEAK is also designed to save the environment. ECOmove says the QBEAK is made from non-corrosive materials that can sustain minor collisions - many of those parts are also recyclable or rebuildable.
ECOmove recently received the 2012 European Electric Vehicles Early Stage Investment Opportunity Award from the Frost & Sullivan-company.
There is no word yet as to the pricing or availability of the QBEAK, but you can see it in action in the video below.