A retro style electric vehicle is set to hit the market soon coming from ElectricBrands Group, a German electric manufacturer, which also produces the innovative XBUS. This comes after the company saved Artega, another electric vehicle manufacturer, from insolvency, with plans to expand its product range.
The first product to be released under Artega’s new management is the electric two-seater KARO. It will launch under a fresh name in early 2023, and bears a considerable resemblance to BMW’s iconic Isetta.
The new miniature model exhibits a sustainable and climate-friendly vision for mobility, with the car reaching a top speed of 90km/h emission-free. Integrating it into ElectricBrands AG’s product range, it is built following the same design principle as the XBUS.
At just 2.48 metres long, and 1.50 metres wide, it can be parked sideways. But the KARO’s most striking feature is a front-opening door, and with a range of up to 200 kilometres, it is ideal for urban driving.
Having already obtained approval, the small electric vehicle is on its way to final development. ElectricBrands is currently setting up its assembly lines in Gottingen in Germany, where the first year is expected to see 30,000 cars produced. The first cars will launch on the market in early 2023.
The KARO’s launch may also see new employment opportunities in the region as the company hopes to create 250 extra jobs.
ElectricBrands’ first product, the XBUS, a light electric vehicle in the L7e class went into development in 2018, and its first prototype was presented in July 2021.
The company operates in Europe but has plans to expand its dealer and service network worldwide.
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