The new e.Go Life, an inexpensive small electric car that is slated to cost only 15,999 euros and has a range of 80 miles serves as the perfect showcase for a scalable Bosch electric powertrain. The e.Go will be made in Germany and will initially have a limited production run of 1,000 vehicles. The company does have long-term plans to make at least 10,000 cars.
Bosch says that the electric powertrain for the vehicle is scalable. The German automotive supplier adopted the 48-volt batteries and motors used in the e.Go Life from existing vehicles.
The car depends on power from an existing 10.5kW DC motor that comes from a 48V system. Hence the vehicle is ideal for company use as it does not call for extensive R&D or investment from companies. The 14.4kWh lithium batteries weigh around 90kg and when fully drained, they can be charged in five and a half hours. The range of the car is estimated to be 80 miles, but with a range extender system, this can be increased to 105 miles in the future.
The e.Go Life is the perfect city car as it is small enough to fit into even small parking spaces and can comfortably accommodate to adults in the front seats while the two rear suits are more suitable for children. The vehicle has a small central screen for stereo controls and other features. The powertrain is scalable and Bosch can manufacture all the electric components and drivetrain. Hence, it will be very easy for new players to enter the small electric car segment in the future.
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