Concept of the Day: Catecar

February 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

Swiss start-up Catecar today presented and delivered its Prototype No. 1 for testing on the tarmac at Geneva Airport, and said that it is now taking ‘pre-orders’ for its tiny range-extended EV with solar roof. This “Swiss Green High-Tech Urban Vehicle” (Catecar’s description) will go through safety testing for production homologation shortly, and is being offered to airports (where certification is not required) this year prior to more extensive sales scheduled for 2013, by which time the company plans to have a production facility up and running.

10 different versions are planned, and whilst there’s little detail supplied as yet, the 3m-long, 350kg car is claimed to have a range-extender engine drinking 1 litre per 100km (about 235 miles to the gallon) as well as its solar roof, giving a total range of up to 310 miles, depending on the version. The body panels are made of flax fibres, and fit to an aluminium honeycomb-style frame. Price? From 15,000 Swiss francs. Catecar, which started out developing cars with compressed-air motive technology, is still looking for investors, however.

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