XEV Yoyo Small 3D-printed e-car to take off despite failed crowdfunding
Italy — Actually, a crowdfunding campaign was supposed to help the electric car XEV Yoyo achieve a breakthrough. But its goal was not achieved. Nevertheless, the Italians have now dared to launch it on the market.
In 2019, the Italian start-up XEV (X-Electrical Vehicle) launched a crowdfunding campaign for its small electric car Yoyo, parts of which were manufactured in a 3D printer, but fell well short of its funding target. With a price of only 6,000 euros, the small electric car was a very interesting offer.
Although demand was low, XEV now offers the Yoyo for sale in Italy and soon in other European countries. However, its price has more than doubled compared to the offer from 2019.
The regular price for the 2.53-metre short two-seater in the L7e lightweight class is 13,900 euros. After deducting government subsidies in Italy, the price there drops to 9,900 euros. In return, the Mini, which weighs 450 kilograms without battery, has an electric rear-wheel drive with 7.5 kW/10 hp continuous and 15 kW/20 hp peak power. The top speed is 80 km/h.
The battery of the Yoyo consists of up to four removable elements, which together provide a capacity of 10.3 kWh and should thus allow a range of 150 kilometres.
Available in Germany in 2022
The Yoyo also features a colourfully decorated interior with a large touchscreen as a display and control element. The equipment includes air conditioning, ABS, keyless entry and a panoramic roof.
The Yoyo is expected to hit the roads in Germany next year. Prices have not yet been announced.