You’ve probably heard of Aachen-based e.Go Mobile, car maker Life City, but there is also a Munich-based company planning to build a similar EV. It’s called Adaptive City Mobility (ACM), and next week at IAA 2021 in Munich it will unveil its first product, the 3.6-meter (141.7-inch) electric City One, at IAA 2021 in Munich.
In the configuration of a passenger car, it can carry up to four passengers next to the driver; like a van, it can accommodate two passengers (including the driver) and a volume of up to 1,450 liters (51.2 cubic feet), enough to fit a euro pallet if desired.
It is also reported that the car offers a manual battery replacement that will only take three minutes. In addition, the renewable energy that is stored and used in the ACM battery replacement system acts as a range extender. There will also be an additional battery compartment on the roof.
The system consists of 4 batteries of 2.5 kW * h each with a total capacity of 10 kW * h. Each battery weighs 10.5 kilograms (23.1 lb) and no more than a suitcase. Charging the batteries takes 8 hours from a household outlet or 5 hours from an electrical plug.
Range is 240 kilometers (149 miles) and can be doubled in three minutes by replacing dead batteries with fully charged ones.
ACM estimates the city could start production sometime in 2023 in an Asian country, targeting prices between € 10,000 and € 15,000.
The company expects most of its sales to come from the fleet sector, where Asia and Africa are key markets.