Car-sharing has taken a new dimension thanks to a Dutch startup.
Squad Mobility intends to introduce tiny battery-Solar Electric Vehicles that it feels are well-suited to car-sharing fleets and mobility-as-a-service. The cars have rooftop solar panels to increase their range. The firm’s objective, according to the corporation, is to provide safe and convenient urban mobility.
The Squad Solar City Electric Vehicle is a two-seater that operates on batteries that can be swapped out. The squad is an acronym for solar quadricycle.
The firm intends to start selling automobiles in Europe before expanding to the United States. In September 2022, a model is scheduled to be presented. Manufacturing will start in the fourth quarter of 2022.
Solar Electric Vehicles is 6.7 feet long, 4 feet wide, and 5 feet in height. Because of its compact size, it is simple to navigate and park in cities. According to the company, three automobiles may fit easily in a single parking spot. The vehicle has a top speed of 28 miles per hour.
In a press statement, Squad Mobility CEO Robert Hoevers stated, “Cities are searching for zero-emission mobility options with a minimal area footprint.” “A lower per capita energy usage than public transportation and a footprint similar to that of a bicycle. All while providing the convenience of personal transportation and the comfort of a car.”
Solar Electric Vehicles batteries have a range of 60 kilometers. This may be increased by up to 12.4 miles per day with automated solar charging.
The car’s tires serve as protective bumpers. Devices sense for remote diagnostics of the vehicle’s operational status, charge levels, tire pressure, and position, among other things. The Squad will be outfitted with cameras to monitor the vehicle’s condition and whereabouts.
The vehicle’s huge goal, according to Squad Chief of Design Chris Klok, involves remote control via autonomous technology.
“We take extra capabilities into account in the design,” Klok explained, “such as the use of remote actuation of the steering and the ability to transmit data.”