StreetScooter is the first in a new class of electric vehicles that are designed for sustainable travel over short distances.
It was just a few weeks ago that we were writing about the amphibious camping trailer from Sealander, and now we’ve spotted yet another new vehicle design coming out of Germany. StreetScooter is the first in a new class of electric vehicles that are designed for sustainable travel over short distances. Recognizing that the majority of consumers tend to make trips of 40 kilometers or less in an average day, the StreetScooter is designed for sustainable, short-term travel, and is targeted towards commercial fleet operators. The result of a joint effort from 80 companies and research institutions, the lightweight StreetScooter vehicle has and a maximum range of 120 km. Focusing on short-haul distances has enabled savings in weight, engine power and equipment for the two-seater vehicle, which will still meet safety requirements and achieve zero emissions, its makers say. Pricing will be around USD 7,000, with an additional charge for the battery lease, according to a report on Autoblog Green. European production is reportedly scheduled for 2013, with US availability to follow. The video below demonstrates the StreetScooter in action: StreetScooter’s makers are targeting energy suppliers, car rental and car sharing organizations as potential buyers of the vehicle. Eco-minded transportation entrepreneurs around the globe: what about you? Spotted by: Murtaza Patel