The Squad solar electric city car is launching in the US, and it starts at $6,250. Is it just a golf cart or actually a new and useful product?
Squad Mobility is a Dutch startup founded by Robert Hoevers and Chris Klok, two former employees of Lightyear, which is also working on a solar electric car – though a full-size one.
We reported on the company earlier this year when it launched the Squad solar electric car in Europe for €6,250.
The small two-seater vehicle is designed to be lightweight and efficient. With its small wheels, it doesn’t take much to move it around, resulting in the relatively small solar panel on top with up to 31 km (19.2 miles) of range on a sunny day.
As for the powertrain, it consists of two 2 kW rear in-wheel motors powering four 1.6 kWh battery packs that are rapidly swappable. The electric city car can travel up to 100 km (62 miles) on a single charge with all four battery packs, and it can reach a top speed of 45 km/h (28 mph).
Today, Squad Mobility confirmed that the Squad solar city car is coming to the US for $6,250 and will debut at CES in Las Vegas.
Robert Hoevers commented on the US launch:
We are seeing a tremendous interest from the USA, specifically for markets such as sharing platforms, gated communities, campuses, (seaside) resorts, tourism, company terrains, hotels & resorts, amusement parks, and inner-city services.
In the US, what Squad Mobility is calling “the world’s first solar city car” will be considered an LSV (low-speed vehicle) – much like a golf cart, even though it is more capable than that.
For its small footprint, the vehicle is surprisingly utilitarian with space for a laptop on the dashboard, a small trunk, and a foldable passenger seat:
You can easily fit a stroller or a golf bag on the folded seat.
For cities where it will be allowed as an LSV, the Squad is going quite easy to park since it is so small that it can even park perpendicular to the street
Top comment by papadoudi
I want one. This would be perfect for our use case here in Seattle, which is daily commute and groceries. My wife has an electric bike, she loves it and has been using it for her daily commute for the last 4 years or so. But between November and April that means riding her bike in the dark, often under the rain, and sometimes on slippery hilly streets. This Fall she decided that she was done. She's too scared of falling. This Squad solar electric city car would be perfect for her commute. Speed limit of 28 mph not an issue since speed limit here in Seattle is 20 mph on all residential streets, 25 mph on most arterials. Plus, this would be the perfect 2nd car for groceries and other city errands.
And if the parking spot is not in the shade, the vehicle will charge itself with its solar panel on top.
While Squad will likely find private customers who would want the solar electric city car for $6,250, the company appears to be primarily going after sharing market here with a vision of fleets being deployed in cities with battery swap stations.
Hoevers said that the company will use the US debut at CES next month to find US partners to help make that vision happen.
What do you think about the Squad solar electric city car? It looks great for city usage but also beach and senior communities too. And heck I wouldn’t be surprised to see one of these on the golf course as well! Let us know in the comments section below.
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