The main market for City One will be Asia
The production model will continue to grow significantly
So now the first rounds of the pre-series. Production manager Rainer Kühlwein points out that there is still a 20 hp engine from the Renault Twizy plugged. City One will then be included in the series 34 hp are driven. The motor-gearbox unit could be supplied by Schaeffler. A City runabout But even then it does not become.
So before we start slowly, take a look around. Leibold brought an e-Up for a comparison, because “the room concept is very important to us”. Similar dimensions, but in the City One the B-pillar is further back and the interior space is better used; it’s just one E-platform and no remodeling. The City One is still a bit narrow-chested next to the Up, but that will change. “In the series, the car will be 15 centimeters wider and 10 centimeters longer,” says Leibold.
He shows a model with these dimensions in the underground car park. The City One does indeed look much more mature. And also the digital billboard at the stern it will be even bigger. But also in the pre-production version enough space for passengers and parcels. With the rear seat folded down, the City One holds 1450 liters.
In the ACM City One, four exchangeable batteries store ten kWh of electricity
The highlight is under the trunk floor: four for quick change removable batteries à 2.5 kWh in the form of a case. Together with the fixed 16 kWh battery should be one with a consumption of less than 10 kWh per 100 km Range from to the 360 kilometers can be achieved. Charging is via a Schuko plug (eight hours) or three-phase in 2.5 hours up to 11 kW. It all sounds minimalist, but: the city doesn’t really need much more. On the short drive in the pre-series prototype, the City One reveals later strengths and weaknesses: Power and torque shouldn’t be the trump card even with series drive, comfort and haptics just as little.
Interior and service are okay
But maneuverability, a sense of space and that Ease of use are fine. Up to 110 km / h the car should be able to be fast, im “Eco mode only 80 km / h. “And that,” believes Leibold, “will be the main application.” Perhaps you should measure yourself by other standards – and put yourself in the shoes of a taxi driver in Mumbai. Up to 300,000 non-binding reservations should be received by the end of 2021, there are already a good 200,000. Paul Leibold and his team have just disassembled a Dacia Spring from the similar price range and compared it with their City One. Leibold’s conclusion: “We can beat him.”