Meet the squad, a pint-sized urban EV with a solar roof

Electric city cars are popular in Europe and Squad Mobility is throwing their hats in the ring with a new solar-powered model.

Named Squad (Solar Quad), the car is the brainchild of former Light Year employees Robert Hovers and Chris Clock, who envisioned an affordable solar-powered car for everyone.

The resulting model is a two-seater EV that “fills the gap between cars and two wheels” such as scooters and mopeds. It has a relatively basic design, which includes large windows, an open roll cage and stylish wheels. They are joined by removable doors and a roof-mounted solar panel.

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The latter is the star of the show and Squad Mobility says that the panel can provide a range of 12.4 miles (20 km) per day. This is significant because the agency said that the average city in the European Union car users travel about 7.5 miles (12 km) per day.

Since you can’t rely on sunny weather, the squad has interchangeable battery packs that enable owners to exchange less battery for a fully charged one. The battery pack can be moved to regular household outlets for charging and they will give the squad a range of up to 62 miles (100 km).

Given that the city car was designed for an affordable price, it is not surprising to learn that the interior is relatively tough. However, the squad has a digital instrument cluster and an available climate control system. The model also has a phone holder, so owners can use their smartphones for navigation and infotainment.

On the performance front, there’s not much to report because the model has two rear-mounted electric motors that produce a combined output of 5 hp (4 kW / 5 PS). Not too much, but it will give the car a top speed of 28 mph (45 km / h).

The squad is set to launch next year with a base price of € 6,250 ($ 6,570) before VAT. The company is currently accepting pre-orders and plans to offer a more powerful, four-seater variant that can hit speeds of up to 43 mph (70 km / h).

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