New All-Electric City Car: the Maranello4
18 May 2006
London-based Sakura Battery Company and Italian commercial vehicle manufacturer EFFIDI are introducing a new all-electric city car in the UK: the Maranello4.
Designed around a stainless steel chassis, the two-seater has a top speed of 30 mph and a range of around 45 miles per charge. It is exempt from the London congestion charge and parking is free in many areas.
Homologated as a quadracycle, the vehicle has a motor with rated output of 4 kW. The battery is a 48V, 220-amp lead-acid gel pack, and the controller limit is 350 amps.
The partners are developing a diesel-electric hybrid version that will offer a top speed of 50 mph and a range of 250 miles.
The Maranello4 starts at £9,950 (US$18,775) and offers a 3-year unlimited mileage warranty on the car and a 2-year warranty on the battery.
Sakura Battery Co. Ltd. was established in 1992, and with more than 150 dealers is the largest supplier of electric bikes in the UK. EFFIDI Automotive Group is the third largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles in Italy, and is also a manufacturer of small city cars.
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