We recently reported the apparition at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show of yet another startup that aims to produce electric cars – Beijing-based Eli, which presented the very small Zero town commuter.
The company occupies the same space as auto industry up-and-comers like Faraday Future or LeEco but the company has nothing to do with huge, luxurious sedans or crossovers – instead touting “the ultimate two seater mobility device for agile daily movement.” If the model gets out of infancy and reaches the streets it will become a viable alternative to the Renault Twizy two-seater and fortunately now the company has also decided to discuss the model’s details. For example, motivation comes via a smallish 4 kilowatt-hour battery pack, which is actually enough for the Zero to go between 40 and 75 miles (64 kilometers to 120 kilometers).
Top speed is not overly impressive at 23 miles per hour (37 kilometers per hour) and the vehicle tips the scales at 1,000 pounds (453 kilograms). The main competitor – Renault’s Twizy – comes with a range of 62 miles (100 km) and a higher maximum speed of 50 mph (80 kmh). The starting price should be of around $10,000, with production happening in China – but it’s also road legal in Europe, where it can be used as a “Neighborhood Electric Vehicle,” or NEV.