Eli Electric Vehicles to start production of the ‘Zero’

Eli Electric Vehicles to start production of the ‘Zero’

Start-up Eli Electric Vehicles has begun production of the 'Zero', an L6e class electric light vehicle first presented as a concept at CES 2017, according to a media report.

The production partner will apparently be based in China and sales will begin in the coming weeks, initially in small numbers in 10 European countries, according to Techcrunch. The starting price is expected to be 11,999 US dollars (around £8,800). In the US, prices named are before taxes.

The Zero electric light vehicle was first displayed at CES 2017. At the time, there was talk of a top speed of 25 mph. The range was supposed to be just over 60 miles. However, nearly a year ago, the start-up returned with an update that made some improvements to the Eli Zero that should make it possible for the electric car to be approved for road traffic in the USA and the EU. Eli did not provide more concrete information on the technical data at the time, however.

The Eli Zero will be available with a 5.8 kWh battery and an 8 kWh battery, sufficient for a range of up to 50 miles and 70 miles, respectively. If the battery is empty, it can be recharged at a household socket within 2.5 hours or 3.5 hours. With room for a total of two people, the load volume of the Zero is given as 160 litres. Propulsion is provided by an electric motor with a rated output of 4 kW, which should enable a top speed of 28 mph.

While Eli Electric Vehicles is based in Los Angeles, its production partner is in China. The “geopolitical tensions” are said to be one of the reasons why the startup is initially focusing on the European market. In addition, different laws in the individual states would make it difficult to obtain a road licence for a vehicle of this class. In Europe, on the other hand, this is much easier.

“In a lot of European cities, for example in Paris, they now have a very strict legal speed limit of 30 kilometres per hour (19 mph), and I think we see that being a trend in European cities like Vienna and Amsterdam,” said Marcus Li, CEO and founder of Eli.

For distribution, the startup is relying on KSR Group, which plans to bring the vehicle to Austria, Germany and Switzerland first. After that, other European countries will follow.

Eli recently launched a crowdfunding campaign via the StartEngine platform. So far, just over 236,000 US dollars have been raised, which will be used to finance production, among other things. Eli had previously raised around US$1.4 million on StartEngine’s platform and over US$6.5 million.

Olly Goodall

Author:Olly Goodall
Date Updated:22nd Sep 2021

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