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Compact 4-seater e-wave X electric car unveiled in Berlin

Compact 4-seater e-wave X elec...
e.GO Mobile's e-wave X, shortly after being revealed by Brazilian football star Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior
e.GO Mobile's e-wave X, shortly after being revealed by Brazilian football star Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior
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e.GO Mobile's e-wave X, shortly after being revealed by Brazilian football star Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior
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e.GO Mobile's e-wave X, shortly after being revealed by Brazilian football star Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior
First deliveries of the e-wave X are expected to take place at the end of this year
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First deliveries of the e-wave X are expected to take place at the end of this year

Potential EV-buyers, take note – a new compact urban electric car is on its way. Announced last week, the e-wave X seats four, features paint-free recyclable polymer body panels, and is claimed to go 240 km (149 miles) per charge.

Designed by German startup e.GO Mobile, the e-wave X was officially unveiled in Berlin on May 6th, at an IFA-sponsored public launch event. It has yet to enter production, so not many specs have been released at this point.

That said, the company has stated that the four-seater car features an aluminum space frame for both added safety and improved handling; a polymer outer skin which is dyed all the way through, so scratches won't show up too much; LED headlights; a rearview camera; intelligent parking sensors; and the ability to be charged either from an 11-kilowatt wall-mounted fast charger or from any household electrical outlet.

There's no word on how long a charge takes, or on battery capacity, but a single charge should be good for a city-driving range of 240 km – that figure is presumably in the Eco drive mode, which is accompanied by Comfort and Sport modes. Its motor offers 80 kilowatts of peak power.

First deliveries of the e-wave X are expected to take place at the end of this year
First deliveries of the e-wave X are expected to take place at the end of this year

The e-wave X's 23-inch-wide (58.4-cm) cockpit includes an all-digital touchscreen display; wireless smartphone charging along with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity; a height- and width-adjustable three-spoke steering wheel; and a choice of fabric or vegan leather upholstery – Isofix-standard attachment points allow child safety seats to be fastened to the rear and passenger seats.

Some of the vehicle's other features include hill start assist; ambient light and rain sensors; an integrated roof rack; plus AVAS (Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System) functionality, which generates an external sound to alert pedestrians, children, etc. to the otherwise quiet-running EV's presence.

Potential buyers can reserve an e-wave X now, with pricing starting at €24,990 (about US$26,395) – there's currently no word on availability outside of Germany. Deliveries are expected to begin at the end of the year.

Source: e.GO Mobile

7 comments
7 comments
Spud Murphy
No DC charging, and AC limited to 11kW, that's a serious limitation. Aside from that, it looks like a neat little car, probably will never see it outside of Europe, though.
vince
Amazing that this company can get 150 miles of range in a compact car smaller by far than a Mini. BMW claimed it could not put more than 128 miles of range in their Mini as there isn't enough room for the batteries. This blows away Mini's claim for that. A Mini can easily have a 300 to 400 mile range but BMW chooses to lie to try and sell a few compliance cars.
Jezzafool
I like that. It reminds me of the Twingo RS.
Bob Flint
Not bad, how about DIY repairs to those body panels, & recyclability??
Jinpa
Too expensive, and not yet rated by IIHS crash testing. By the time this comes out in the U.S. market, used PHEVs and maybe some used pure EVs should be on the market for less.
Excalibur
This could have been the next great people's car but instead it ties with the Nissan Leaf and other larger cars in terms of price.
Even the Volkswagen e-up is around half the price! Don't people do market research any more?
epochdesign
I love the concept of sustainability for sure, and a production plant powered by solar is awesome. Kudos to the range. I do have a couple questions... What is the end of life for the parts of dead EGOs in the future? Why RWD? Yes, FWD traction control is trickier, but RWD handling in bad weather is horrible. Who came up with those rear tail lights? Please fire them immediately. Any rear legroom? Also, what everyone else said... more market research; needs to be in a lower price point, etc. Other than that, good luck! I hope to see small vehicle manufacturers retake the automotive scene, driving the deadwood old-school mega-manufacturers out of business, and replacing them with greener, "earth-first" minded companies.