The Eli ZERO has captured much of the automotive world’s attention. It’s a tiny EV commuter car that looks like the lovechild of the Renault Twizy and the Smart ForTwo. Resembling the Twizy a bit more than the Smart ForTwo, the Eli Zero features an enclosed cabin, a modern exterior and an almost absurdly short wheelbase. We can’t imagine this thing takes the bumps well. Luckily, it’s probably easy to dodge everything.
The folks behind the released several photos of the Eli ZERO ahead of its unveiling at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show. From what we can see, it looks like a good little commuter car. One of the photos shows 289 kilometers of charge. If that’s accurate, it works out to be about 180 miles, which isn’t too shabby for a little car of this size. That means many urban commuters who travel a few miles every day would most likely only need to charge the Eli ZERO every week or so, and they’d likely have some battery power to spare.
The creators of the little EV released a short statement about the car: “Smaller, simpler and friendlier, Eli ZERO is the ultimate two seater mobility device for agile daily movement. Eli ZERO reimagines the NEV and addresses the dynamic transportation demands of modern cities and towns by offering a versatile driving solution for both urban and suburban neighborhoods.”
As impressive as the Eli ZERO is, we think it’ll take something a little more special than a glorified golf cart to get more people regularly using EVs. However, the move to put these little cars strictly in urban environments is smart. We could see these becoming an important part of the transportation ecosystem so many automakers have discussed recently.