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Tiny electric car stretches to take on more passengers

The iEV X can go from 160 to 220 cm in length
The iEV X can go from 160 to 220 cm in length
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The iEV X can go from 160 to 220 cm in length
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The iEV X can go from 160 to 220 cm in length
Depending on the model, the iEV X will have a top speed of either 45 or 60 km/h
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Depending on the model, the iEV X will have a top speed of either 45 or 60 km/h
The iEV X is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign
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The iEV X is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign

We've already seen single-seat electric cars, the tiny size of which makes them ideal for maneuvering through congested urban environments. However, what happens when you want to carry a second passenger? In the case of the iEV X, the car just gets longer.

Currently in functioning prototype form, the German-made iEV (Intelligent Electric Vehicle) X is just 78 cm wide (30.7 inches), and 160 cm long (63 inches) in single-passenger mode. When users want to bring someone else along, the car can be electrically lengthened to 190 cm (74.8 inches), allowing a folded second seat to pop up behind the driver's. If they want to take on some extra cargo, the car can be further lengthened to 220 cm (86.6 inches).

The sides of the vehicle remain open when it's extended.

The iEV X is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign
The iEV X is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign

Plans call for the 115-kg (254-lb) base model to be powered by a 48-volt lithium-ion battery pack, which should be good for a range of up to 60 km (37 miles) per 3-hour plug-in charge. A 40-watt rooftop solar panel will help charge the battery while the car is parked. The top speed is 45 km/h (28 mph).

The fancier 145-kg (320-lb) iEV X+ model should feature a higher-capacity 72-volt battery, a range of up to 120 km (75 miles), a 60-watt solar panel, and a top speed of 60 km/h (37 mph). Plans also call for an optional automatic robotic charging system, and even a pedal system to help boost battery range.

Depending on the model, the iEV X will have a top speed of either 45 or 60 km/h
Depending on the model, the iEV X will have a top speed of either 45 or 60 km/h

Additional features of both models should include power-retractible side mirrors, a wide-angle rearview camera, a 7-inch touchscreen display, a full LED lighting system, and a steel chassis with aluminum body panels.

Should you be interested in getting an iEV X, it's currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign. If it reaches production, an early bird pledge of €1,850 (about US$2,144) will get you the base model, with €7,850 ($9,098) required for the iEV X+.

You can see the prototype in action, in the video below.

Sources: Kickstarter, iEV

iEV X

4 comments
Fairly Reasoner
So much easier than just making it bigger to begin with.
highlandboy
They could make it lighter and stronger if the roof was a structural member, whether shrunk or extended. Putting all the strength in the floor pan makes it heavier (just compare weights of convertible cars with their normal siblings).
Mik-Fielding
My first thought was that I'd hate to see what happened if it made a sudden turning maneuver at anything much more than jogging speed, my second thought was that I definitely would not trust the thing with two people aboard! If it leaned into the bends like some proposed narrow vehicles, but this? EEK!!
Don Duncan
Every car manufacturer is trying to re-invent the ultimate BEV, the Aptera. Remember, it didn't fail, it was killed off by ex-Detroit auto managers who took over the company, ousted the inventors, and spent all the capital trying to get a govt. grant, then sold the patent. The inventors were partly responsible for hiring "experts" who had left their struggling companies to continue screwing up. The latest trend, "failing up".