Denmark’s e-bike maker Biomega has unveiled its first four-wheel electric vehicle at CIIE in Shanghai. The concept car has been developed to take Biomega’s principles of social innovation, design thinking and urban mobility and apply them to the automotive industry. Biomega bikes are each named with a three-letter abbreviation of a city that has inspired some elements of the design. The car, in line with its bicycle predecessors, is named SIN, after the contemporary urban sprawl of Singapore.
The fundamental issue for the future of mobility is about getting passengers and cargo from A to B in the most efficient way possible, minimizing time, money and power spent. The 4-door SIN CUV (crossover utility vehicle) is designed with 4 independent engines and 4 independent seats with extra legroom.
Stripped back to maximize space, this EV uses minimal components and lightweight materials; its low weight improves its range, minimizing battery consumption. SIN is, therefore, an affordable and sustainable solution to modern urban mobility.
The 4-door SIN CUV is ‘limited’ to 160 km (100 mi) on a charge, enough to cross most cities twice. The SIN weighs just 950 kg (2,094 lbs). This includes a 20-kWh battery pack weighing 200 kg (440.9 lbs) made up of a 16 kWh battery fixed inside the electric vehicle, and a 6 kWh pack that can be removed. Each wheel gets a 15 kW in-hub motor for 160 Nm of torque, and a zero to 100 km/h (0 – 62 mph) time of 13 seconds on the way to a top speed of 130 km/h (80 mph).
Simplified interior Biomega adheres to the less-is-more approach of Scandinavian design standards. SIN creates a new open-wheel vehicle typology that allows for a flat floor and easy maneuvering in tight urban spaces, while the invention of a fascia window maximizes road view. Through the resulting uncluttered interior, the car rejects superfluous styling in favor of low cost, comfort and sustainability. The production window for the SIN EV is somewhere between 2021 and 2023, with a price tag of €20,000 (about US$23,000).