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Morphing iEV X electric car gets reborn as the iEV Z

Morphing iEV X electric car ge...
The iEV Z stretches to take on a passenger when needed – mermaid not included
The iEV Z stretches to take on a passenger when needed – mermaid not included
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The iEV Z's body-lengthening function can be remotely activated via an app
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The iEV Z's body-lengthening function can be remotely activated via an app
The iEV Z is narrow enough to fit on a bicycle lane
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The iEV Z is narrow enough to fit on a bicycle lane
The iEV Z, all lit up
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The iEV Z, all lit up
The iEV Z stretches to take on a passenger when needed – mermaid not included
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The iEV Z stretches to take on a passenger when needed – mermaid not included
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Back in 2018 we told you about the iEV X, a tiny electric car that could stretch from a single- to two-seater configuration – and then some. Well, it's now been replaced by a new-and-improved model, called the iEV Z.

Manufactured in Denmark by iEV Motors, the iEV Z measures just 78 cm (30.7 in) wide by 145 cm (57 in) high by 198 cm (78 in) long, when in single-passenger mode. It tips the scales at a claimed 220 kg (485 lb).

Should the driver wish to add a passenger, the car can be robotically extended to a length of 235 cm (92.5 in) – this allows a second folding seat to pop up from behind that of the driver. And in order carry some extra cargo along with a passenger, the car can be further lengthened to 275 cm (108 in). It reportedly does so within just a few seconds.

The iEV Z's body-lengthening function can be remotely activated via an app
The iEV Z's body-lengthening function can be remotely activated via an app

The vehicle has a 1-kW motor that takes it to a top speed of 45 km/h (28 mph), with its 3.3-kW/h lithium battery pack reportedly delivering a range of about 100 km (62 mi) per 3-hour charge. A set of rooftop solar panels help keep it juiced up while out and about. And depending on local regulations, it can be driven in bicycle lanes.

Among the improvements over the iEV X model are a completely redesigned carbon steel chassis and aluminum/carbon fiber body; a front cargo area; power windows; anti-intrusion beams for added strength and safety; windows made of molded safety glass (as opposed to the previously used acrylic); plus an upgraded robotic charging system.

Should you be interested, we're told that the iEV Z will be available late this year, priced at €5,850 (about US$6,637). It can be seen in action, in the video below. A higher-specced iEV Z+ model is also on the way.

iEV Z: A micro-mobility vehicle that changes size based on your needs

Source: iEV Motors

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Static
Useless when its raining, reasonable idea badly implemented.
Username
So, passenger only on sunny days? Then there's the helmet being worn in every shot and the fact that it only seems to travel on bike paths.
ljaques
Perfect for grandparents in the city or close, small, flat town, weather permitting. I don't see these working in San Francisco at all.
It's a 1kW ebike with 4 wheels and a rectangular cover. Almost cool.