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  • Sandra Susinskyte

Driving Small, Thinking Big: A Look at the Small Electric Cars

In today's ever-changing world of car innovation, people are looking for ways to travel that are good for the environment. While big electric cars get a lot of attention for how far they can go on a single charge and what they can do, there's also a growing interest in small electric cars, especially in cities. These little cars might be small, but they're making a big impact when it comes to being eco-friendly, getting around crowded streets, and being efficient.

Think at busy city roads, full of cars and pollution. But then, picture a small electric car zipping through, quietly. That's the magic of small electric cars—they're small, green, and changing how we get around cities. Before we get started, it's important to note that the following list of 10 small electric cars isn't ranked in any particular order. It's simply a curated selection of my personal favorite small electric cars, each with its own unique features and appeal.

Now, let’s look at some of my favorites small electric cars we can already meet in the streets.

1. Squad Solar City Car

As the world's first solar city small electric car, Squad Solar City Car is a lightweight quadricycle perfect for daily urban mobility. With swappable battery packs and a solar panel offering up to 31 kilometers of range on sunny days, it's efficient and practical for short city trips.

2. Opel Rocks-e

With an electric motor and a 5.5-kilowatt-hour battery pack, Opel Rocks-e offers a range of 75 kilometers and a top speed of 45 kilometers per hour. Its compact size and practical features make it ideal for city driving, with options like a panoramic glass sunroof and smartphone connectivity.

3. Triggo

Think of it as a regular small electric car, but with a twist. Triggo can fold its suspension to squeeze between cars in traffic. With two 10,000-watt electric motors, it can reach speeds of up to 56 miles per hour, and its removable lithium battery offers a range of 62 miles. Made by Polish startup Triggo, it's designed for autonomous driving and comes with features like platooning for touristic purposes.

4. Citroën Ami Buggy

This adventurous quadricycle, painted in khaki with yellow accents, runs on a 5.4-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery, offering a range of around 75 kilometers and a top speed of 45 kilometers per hour. The Citroën Ami Buggy is equipped with a rollable fabric soft-up roof and various customizable options.

5. Microlino Urban

This electric two-seater offers weather-protected mobility with a top speed of 90 kilometers per hour. The Microlino Urban, equipped with various battery sizes, boasts a range of up to 230 kilometers and can be easily charged within 4 hours. Additionally, it features an interesting door design that adds a touch of fun when entering the car.

6. Tazzari Minimax

Italian manufacturer Tazzari presents Minimax, a compact electric vehicle designed for city living. With battery options for up to 162 kilometers of range, it's agile and eco-friendly, boasting features like a 2-kW on-board charger and keyless start.

7. City Transformer CT1

Designed for narrow city streets, the City Transformer CT-1 can extend and retract its wheels, adjusting its chassis width accordingly. With a top speed of 90 kilometers per hour and a range of 178 kilometers, it's a versatile option for urban commutes, featuring a 1+1 seating configuration and ample trunk space.

8. Eli Zero

Compact and nimble, Eli Zero packs a punch with its four-kilowatt motor and a range of 110 kilometers. With features like power-assisted braking, rear cameras, and comfortable interiors, it offers a seamless urban driving experience for two passengers.

9. XEV YoYo

This small all-electric car is tailored for modern urban environments, offering a range of up to 150 kilometers and a maximum speed of 80 kilometers per hour. With compact dimensions and comfortable interiors, XEV YoYo it is equipped with essential features like air conditioning, smartphone connectivity, and ample storage compartments.

10. Nimbus One

Slim and efficient, Nimbus One is fully electric, offering about 125 miles per charge and a maximum speed of 70 miles per hour. With features like vehicle stability technology and smartphone connectivity, it's designed for navigating congested city streets with ease.

In closing, isn't it incredible how these small electric cars are shaking things up? With their compact size and eco-friendly features, they're making a real difference in how we move around cities. Who would've guessed that such little cars could pack such interest? Makes us wonder why we didn't make the switch to electric cars sooner!

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