EV Startup Eli Blurs The Line Between Car And Quadricycle Photo:

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Kez Casey | Jan, 04 2017 | 0 Comments

Looking more like a lunar rover than a traditional car, the Zero is an all-new electric vehicle from a new startup firm called Eli - with more than a passing resemblance to the conceptually similar Renault Twizy.

Unlike the Twizy (below) however, which is classified as a quadricycle in Europe, thanks to tandem seating, open body sides, and its narrow width, the Zero puts its occupants side-by-side and encloses them in a proper cabin.

Renault Twizy
Renault Twizy

Official details of the Zero are scarce, but Eli will be displaying its vision of future transportation at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week.

In an official statement from the company, it describes the Zero as “an advanced, yet simple product that will fundamentally shift how we engage with urban fabrics. Smaller, simpler and friendlier, Eli ZERO is the ultimate two seater mobility device for agile daily movement.”

The company is also entirely clear about the vehicle's positioning as urban and suburban transport, with the obvious implication being the Zero’s limited storage capacity for weekends away.

Eli also gives a brief glimpse of the Zero’s instrument cluster (above) on its website which shows “289km” and a battery charge level of 35 percent, potentially indicating a massive cruising range of more than 800 kilometres when fully charged if that figure is distance remaining, or a more plausible 440 kilometre range if 289km represtents the distance travelled, though final figures are unconfirmed.

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