An affordable solar-charging electric microcar

Developed by the Dutch startup Squad Mobility, the vehicle is drawing the attention of private owners and shared mobility platforms.

Dutch startup Squad Mobility has begun taking pre-orders for the Solar City Car, a new microcar with a tiny footprint and solar charging capabilities. The two-seater's dimensions are key to its mission of disrupting urban mobility, as three of the Squad can fit into a normal-size European parking spot.

The car runs on two 2KW motors mounted on the rear wheels and powered by four swappable batteries. The vehicle can be charged at a charging station, like any other electric microcar. Still, it can also top-up the depleted batteries just by sitting under the sun in a parking lot, thanks to the solar panels mounted on its roof. The panels take longer to fill the batteries: a day under the sun would provide about 20 km of additional range, depending on weather conditions.

The brand plans to sell its solar microcar to both private and business users. Shared mobility platforms, in particular, are expressing their interest and started placing orders. Thank to its limited size and versatility, the Squad microcar could offer a valid alternative to electric scooters in winter. On top of that, the vehicle's top speed is limited to 45 km/h, allowing Europeans to drive it without needing a car driving license. 

The Squad Solar City Car will be available later this year with a starting price of €6250.

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