Bubble cars rose to fame in the ’50s, as people back then were looking for smaller city cars. We can say that the trend is back again, taking into account the pollution and crowds on our streets nowadays. The name comes definitely from their cute lovely shape. They are also called microcars – they usually have 3 wheels and quite a small engine (smaller than 700 ccs), or an electric engine if we take a closer look at the current trends. In most countries, it’s much easier to drive and license a car like this. Let’s have a look at the most popular electric Bubble Cars.
Citroen Ami One is 100% electric and it surprises with its cubic shape and attractive design. It's a compact vehicle, 2.5 m in length, 1.50 m in width, and 1.50 m in height). It charges in only two hours, while the maximum speed is 30mph and the range 60 miles.
This car is ideal for carsharing or renting.
The Renault Twizy is a two-seat microcar with an output power that varies from 4 kW (5.4 hp) to 13 kW (17 hp). It was originally produced in Spain and moved later to South Korea, as the demand is higher in Asia.
Renault first presented the car in 2009 as a concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show and released it in 2012 on the French market.
Twizy was the top-selling plug-in electric vehicle in Europe during 2012.
Minimó was presented at the 2021 Mobile World Congress. It's safe and comfortable as a car and as agile and easy parking as a motorcycle. It's 100% electric and can take two passengers. It's revolutionary indeed - it can charge its batteries in only a few minutes and provides a range of more than 100 kilometres.
Minimó's dimensions: 2.5m long, 1.24m wide, and it can be parked in a motorbike parking area.
It has a built-in 5G technology, ‘Digital Access’ key, wireless Android Auto™.
The brand Smart, owned by Mercedes is very well known to the public, having already sold millions of units so far.
The big news is that it's all-electric now: Smart EQ Fortwo Coupe comes with a 16.7 kWh battery and its range is around 100 km. This model has 82 HP (60 kW) and it reaches a top speed of 130 Km/h.
Carver is an enclosed narrow vehicle (ENV) from Holland that combines the safety and comfort of a car with the agility and ease of a scooter.
The top speed of a Carver is 45 km/h, with a range of 100 km. It's only 98 cm in length, 289 cm in length, and 149 cm in height. It weighs 330 kilos.
Max power 2 x 2 kW
Max torque 2 x 150 Nm
Acceleration 0-45 km 8 sec
It has a 5.4 kWh Lithium-Ion battery that can be charged in 4-5 hours.
Nissan will launch the IMK electric bubble car on the Japanese market in 2022. They partnered with Mitsubishi for this project. In Japan, microcars are called "kei cars".
IMK's dimensions will be the following: 3,395 mm long, 1,475 mm wide, and 1,655 mm high.
This micro EV will benefit from a 20 kWh battery, with a high range of 200 km.
Uniti One comes from Sweden and is a two-seat 100% electric microcar. It's more like a motorbike, the passenger's seat being behind the driver, so we may expect easier parking for this bubble car.
The prices start from €17,767, and it offers a huge 300 km maximum range and 10 minutes of charge time for a distance of 100 km if we use a Rapid DC charger (50kW).Please note that the standard 12kWh battery offers a 150km range, while the 24kWh battery will lead to a 300km range.
The full-electric vehicle XEV YOYO has a range of 150 km, a top speed of 80 km/h, and that's all possible due to the 10.3 kWh battery pack. What's interesting about this RV, the whole battery pack can be easily removed and replaced with a charged one when needed.
It's an Italian brand.
That's not any electric microcar, but a folding one, having the possibility of shrinking its track-width as it parks.
It can be driven in the 'folded' mode for fitting narrow traffic lanes, as you can see in the image above.
CT-1's range is 75-110 miles on a single charge and it reaches a top speed of 55 mph.
A Polish 'folding' EV this time: meet Trigo. It's so easy to park as the chassis retracts, just as on City Transformer. It's really comfortable and stable, just like a car, yet easy to park, like a motorcycle.
It's only 148 cm wide and it reaches a top speed of 90 km/h when the chassis is extended, while it measures 86 cm, and reaches 35 km/h when the chassis is retracted.
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