The young company XEV is currently collecting money on the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to build Yoyo, a groundbreaking electric car. Supporters have the opportunity to secure a Yoyo on the platform at reduced rates. It seems that 3D-printed car parts offer a high level of customization while simultaneously reducing the waste and cost associated with traditional vehicles.
Despite many unique details, the proportions of the Yoyo are similar to well-known smart cars. With a length of 2.50 meters, the little Italian car also turns out similarly short.
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In addition, the electric car is very light weighing in at just 750 kilograms. The Yoyo also remains modest in terms of power consumption. The electric motor delivers 7.5 kW/10 PS continuous power but can provide a 30-second boost of 22 kW/30 PS for intermediate spurts. The maximum speed is 70 km/h. Due to the limited mileage, it is classified as a light motor vehicle.
This is a car that massively reduces the cost of driving, produces no pollution and allows a level of customization far beyond what is currently available. The Yoyo is a small, all-electric two-seater car that was designed to be perfectly adapted to the modern urban environment. Compact dimensions of just 2.5 m x 1.5 m mean you can park it almost anywhere, while its Torquay electric motor allows you to zip around the traffic cleanly and efficiently.
The battery system
A lithium-iron-phosphate battery with a capacity of 9.2-kilowatt-hours is used to store electricity. The range is specified as 150 kilometers. The battery consists of four removable blocks located behind a flap in the lower rear area. This battery system is intended to allow spontaneous replacement if a battery replacement service can be found in the nearby.
Although the Yoyo as a light vehicle has to meet fewer safety requirements than normal passenger cars, it will have ABS, airbags and a front crumple zone. Also, the electric car has some amenities. For example, there is air conditioning, a touch screen, electric windows, and power steering. Anyone who wants a Yoyo can order it at a reduced price as part of the Kickstarter campaign. The Special Bird version is sold for around $6,672 (€6000). The fully equipped Signature Edition is sold for $8,341 (€7500).
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