Taking a step closer towards the realization of a lightweight concept for the EV industry, ECOmove is rolling out the third prototype of their electric vehicle QBEAK. The electric vehicle demonstrates a series of ground-breaking lightweight technologies, which, in addition to reducing the weight of the car, increases its range and makes it more affordable to drive an EV.
As you all know, ECOmove took the first step towards developing a lightweight electric vehicle in 2009. QBEAK III is now being introduced, and even though it is still a prototype, the car is very close to the end result.
The new QBEAK is a much more finished version than the predecessor edition. The car now has charging structure and instrumentation, and its technologies are so far advanced that we are ready to mature them for production, says Mogens Lokke, CEO at ECOmove.
The developers at ECOmove have just conducted the first official test run of the QBEAK III for specially invited guests. This resulted in a great deal of positive feedback about the EV concept as well as the revolutionary lightweight technologies, which have been developed as part of the QBEAK.
ECOmove originally aimed at a launch of the EV in 2012. However, along the way, challenges appeared, which – along with the complexity of developing the most environmentally-, energy- and city-friendly car in the world without compromising the safety and design – have delayed the original time schedule.
One of the major challenges has been long lead times, which has cost precious time. But we stuck to our concept and criteria for both the development and the quality. We are now very pleased to present an even more complete version of QBEAK, adds Lokke.
ECOmove has also made a strategic decision to form partnerships with experienced players in manufacturing and supply chain management regarding mass production of the QBEAK. Currently, discussions in progress with foreign and domestic companies, who will be able to assemble and deliver cars for the major markets such as Europe, America and Asia, including China.
By entering into partnerships with manufacturers who have well-established supplier networks, we are convinced that the first QBEAK will be ready to leave the factory in 2014, the CEO says.
Other e-car manufacturers have also shown interest in ECOmove’s lightweight technologies, such as the composite suspension system, the sustainable bodywork, and the in-wheel motor unit.
As a result, ECOmove is now actively entering partnerships to help others develop lighter, smarter and more sustainable cars. This business area is called ‘ECOmove Engineering’.
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