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The version shown at the IAA has a new look (update)

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Update: On August 18th, we published the following article about the City Transformer, a tiny electric vehicle for the city with a variable gauge. Now the manufacturer has sent us two pictures of the new version, which will be at the Munich IAA is presented.

Our cover picture shows that this new look, which seems to differ from the old one mainly in the shape of the headlights. The second picture shows the small size compared to a large BMW SUV:

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Two electric motors on the rear axle should now provide the drive. The information on the maximum speed remains unchanged, but the manufacturer now specifies the range as 180 kilometers. The battery is charged by fast charging in 30 minutes (up to 80 percent).

Picture gallery: CityTransformer (2021)

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In narrow city streets, a delivery vehicle often gets in the way and you have to wait forever for oncoming traffic to subside. With a narrower vehicle you would pass if only half a lane is blocked. A scooter would easily pass by, but two-wheelers are not very safe when it is slippery. And narrow four-wheeled cars don't feel trustworthy when cornering.

But what if you could change the track width? What if you could narrow yourself down to get past obstacles? Vehicles like the Triggo presented in 2020 follow this concept. Another candidate can now be seen at the IAA: the CityTransformer.

The Israeli start-up of the same name cites easier parking as the main advantage of the unusual vehicle: Due to its short length of less than 2.5 meters, the vehicle can also be placed across the gap, which is also possible with the Smart Fortwo. This is forbidden in Germany, but is often tolerated by the police.

The CityTransformer offers two modes: in driving mode with wide lane ("Exhale" mode) the width is 1.48 meters, in parking mode ("Inhale" mode) only 1.00 meters. According to the company's website, an innovative folding mechanism will be set in motion for the conversion. More detailed information on how this is supposed to work and the speed at which it is possible are not yet available; in any case, the mechanism is patented.

The two-seater is purely electrically powered; On August 18, the website mentioned a 15 kW drive, which should enable 90 km / h in driving mode and 45 km / h in narrow mode. A lithium-ion battery with a voltage of only 48 volts should be used as energy storage. The storage capacity is 6 or 14 kWh, depending on the version. CityTransformer did not provide any information on the range.

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The battery can then be charged at the domestic socket in four or 6 hours or at a quick charging station in 10 or 15 minutes. This information suggests that different versions are planned.

Without a battery, the vehicle should weigh 450 kilos. Despite the adjustable track width, the chassis is supposed to dissipate a lot of energy in the event of a crash; Assistance systems also contribute to safety. Also the topic of autonomous driving keeps an eye on the company. The vehicle should at least offer certain autonomous driving capabilities. Additional features include a modern, digitized user interface including a head-up display and cloud-based software for use in fleets.

The base model is said to cost $ 13,000, or around 11,000 euros. You can even pre-order it for a deposit of $ 180.

Technical data of the CityTransformer (prototype)

  • Drive: 1 electric motor with 15 kW
  • Top speed: 90 km / h (Narrow Mode: 45 km / h)
  • Battery: 6 or 14 kWh (lithium-ion battery with 48 volts)
  • Range: N / A.
  • Charging time at the domestic socket: 4 or 6 hours
  • Charging time at the quick charging station: 10 or 15 min
  • Dimensions: 2.48 meters long / 1.48 meters wide (1.00 meters in parking mode) / 1.53 meters high
  • Turning circle: 5.5 meters
  • Base price: $ 13,000 (approx. 11,000 euros)

Picture gallery: Triggo (2020)

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