Wink Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEVs) with solar charging option

Wink Neighborhood Electric Vehicles Mark 2 Solar
The Wink Mark 2 Solar is the top model in the lineup. Images courtesy Wink Motors

US-based startup, Wink Motors, has entered the automotive fray with an exciting array of Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEVs) designed to cater to the needs of users who predominantly engage in short, lower-speed trips. Unlike the conventional automobile, these NEVs proffer a more cost-effective and sustainable means of transportation, aligning with the broader shifts towards greener, eco-friendly automotive solutions.

A key attribute of the Wink NEVs is their legality on streets throughout the United States, satisfying and even exceeding the safety prerequisites as outlined by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. Governed by a maximum speed of 25 mph (40 km/h), these vehicles are permitted to traverse roads where the speed limits do not exceed 35 mph (56 km/h).

What sets the Wink NEVs apart from certain other models on the market is the range of car-like features that they boast. Unlike the rudimentary “golf-cart-like” NEVs, the offerings from Wink Motors are entirely enclosed and can accommodate up to four passengers. They come equipped with features such as air conditioning, heaters, electric windows, electric door locks, mirrors, 3-point seat belts, backup cameras, infotainment screens, USB chargers, glove boxes, trunks, and rear seats that can be folded to increase cargo space.

Propulsion in these vehicles is facilitated by an electric motor that yields a continuous power output of 3 kW (7 kW peak), supported by a lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) battery pack. This battery setup allows for charging from standard 120-volt household outlets, further enhancing the practicality and user-friendliness of these vehicles. The design philosophy, as explained by Wink CEO Mark Dweck, involved leveraging existing body designs and refining them to suit the US market’s needs and regulations, ensuring unique and customized vehicles tailored for optimal performance and compliance.

Wink Neighborhood Electric Vehicles Base Model Sprout
The Wink Sprout, an entry-level Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV), offers a fully enclosed cabin, essential car-like features, and a 40-mile range on a single 6-hour charge.

In terms of model variety and pricing, Wink Motors offers four distinctive NEVs. The entry-level, two-door Sprout model is priced at US$9,995 and comes with a 60V/60-Ah battery, which upon a 6-hour charge, can deliver a range of 40 miles (64 km). The vehicle itself weighs 761 lb (345kg).

For those interested in solar integration, the Sprout Solar, priced at $10,995, might be the preferred choice. It comes equipped with a detachable rooftop solar panel that potentially provides up to 15 additional miles (24 km) of range daily. With an 80-Ah battery, an 8-hour charge positions the vehicle for about 60 miles (97 km) of travel, and it weighs 798 lb (362 kg).

Wink Neighborhood Electric Vehicles Mark 1
Interior of the Wink Mark 1.

At a cost of $11,995, the Mark 1 model presents a non-solar option with a rear hatchback, augmented interior space, and a more spacious rear cargo area, while maintaining the battery capacity of the Sprout Solar, offering a consistent 60-mile range. Its weight is around 1,190 lb (540 kg).

Lastly, the Wink Mark 2 Solar, priced at $12,995, reincorporates the solar panel and sports four doors along with a rear hatch. Weighing 1,250 lb (567 kg), its specifications are mostly aligned with those of the Mark 1 model.

Wink Neighborhood Electric Vehicles Mark 2 Solar Rear Hatch
The Wink Mark 2 Solar features four doors and a rear hatch.

Wink Motors’ new line of NEVs delineates a considerable stride towards accommodating the prevalent need for sustainable and practical short-distance transportation solutions, available for order directly via the company’s website.

Wink Neighborhood Electric Vehicles Mark 2 Solar Colors
The vibrant variety of color options available for the Mark 2 Solar.

Source: Wink Motors