Electric car: German company e.GO offers an e-city tour

With Neymar Brand Ambassador
German manufacturer e.GO presents the e.wave X electric car – a roving city with an advertisement

Football star Neymar presented the e.Go e.wave X electric car.

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Two years after the E.Go Life Concept Cross study presentation was canceled due to Corona, the car manufacturer has now introduced the e.wave X electric car. Unlike the base model, it appears to have been heavily revised and is said to be “ideal for the city.”

The many prominent faces were present at the premiere of e.wave X at the Berlin power station on Thursday night, when Aachen startup e.Go presented its serial model. In addition to Oliver Bucher, Marius Muller-Westernhagen and Pietro Lombardi, even Neymar was present. The automaker managed to win PSG a star as a brand ambassador.

e.wave X is slated to launch this year and has recently become distinctly more mature. When e.Go wanted to present the e.Go Life Concept Cross study at the Geneva Motor Show in spring 2020, the start of the Corona pandemic frustrated the car manufacturer’s plans. The series-derived version is now technically based on e.Go Life, but has black wheel arch extensions, wide sill panels, newly designed front and rear aprons as well as additional headlights on the front visor and electric parking brake. Roof rack is available as an option.

In addition, the crossover-looking electric vehicle has LED headlights, frameless doors and a “strong yet lightweight plastic exterior leather.” 18-inch alloy wheels can also be purchased. According to e.Go, the e.wave X is “the smallest and most compact 4-seater in its class” and “ideal for the city”. This makes the Model E an unusual car, as pure city cars are rare these days.

e.Go upgrades e.wave X

Instead of the original 171 km range, a city car should be able to travel up to 240 km. In addition, the manufacturer states a power consumption of 18.3 kWh per 100 km. Engine power has also increased – from 77.5 hp to 109 hp, which should be quite sporty for a small car with a length of about 3.35 meters and a height of about 1.60 meters. This feature is further enhanced by the racing-style steering wheel and the three available modes: Eco, Comfort and Sport.

A 21.15 kWh lithium-ion battery is installed, which can be supplied with power from a household socket and via an 11 kWh charger. According to e.Go, charging from 0 to 95 percent takes less than ten hours in a household socket, and with a classic Type 2 plug, it is reduced to less than six hours.

Technically speaking, the rear-wheel drive vehicle is equipped with a 23-inch ultra-widescreen display, which displays driving data such as speed and charge level on the driver’s side and infotainment elements such as navigation on the right. An inductive charging point for smartphones is located in the center console, which also allows the device to be connected wirelessly to the car. The e.wave X also has seat heating, a rear camera and parking sensors.

Deliveries of the electric vehicle are scheduled to begin at the end of the year

Two years ago, e.Go was still in insolvency proceedings under self-management. However, with a new investor and two funding rounds in 2021, the Aachen startup has managed to come out of bankruptcy again. With e.wave X, it’s clear that huge success is coming.

The car is currently in the EU approval process, which is expected to be completed in the summer. Reservation is already possible. The e.wave X starts at 24,990 euros, and is therefore 2,000 euros more expensive than the base model. The €3,570 environmental bonus is already included here. The first delivery is scheduled for the end of 2022.

Sources: e.Go, Auto-Motor-Sport, Süddeutsche Zeitung

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