Eli Zero electric micro-car scheduled to hit US roads later this year

Eli Zero Electric Micro-car Doors
The Eli Zero Plus model features a soft-close mechanism for its glass doors. Images courtesy Eli Electric Vehicles

As the demand for sustainable and convenient urban transportation continues to grow, the introduction of the Eli Zero electric micro-car represents a timely innovation in the micro-EV market. Designed by LA-based Eli Electric Vehicles, this compact two-seater aims to redefine city travel with its affordability and efficiency. Scheduled to hit US roads later this year, the Zero is poised to build on its European sales success and cater to the unique needs of urban dwellers.

The Eli Zero is a particularly appealing option for those with short daily commutes who do not require a full-sized vehicle for family or group transportation. This trend towards smaller, more economical vehicles is becoming increasingly popular among urbanites who value both cost efficiency and environmental consciousness. The Zero, starting at an accessible price of $11,990, joins other micro-EVs like Citroen’s Ami and the Microlino in competing for the attention of budget-conscious consumers.

Eli Electric Vehicles initially targeted markets in Europe and French Polynesia before planning their US launch. In these regions, the Zero has been employed for various purposes including personal transportation, eco-tourism, and even in government fleets, showcasing its versatility and broad appeal.

In terms of design and functionality, the Eli Zero is engineered to address common urban transportation issues such as mobility and parking difficulties. It offers the agility of a motorcycle and the stability of a car, ensuring a comfortable and hassle-free driving experience. This is particularly significant in dense urban environments where navigation and parking can be challenging. The vehicle’s compact dimensions (88.6 x 54.3 x 62.5 inches) and a tight 11.8-foot turning radius make it an ideal choice for maneuvering through congested city streets and small parking spaces.

Eli Zero Electric Micro-car Easy Parking
The compact design of the Eli Zero makes inner-city parking a breeze.

Performance-wise, the Zero is equipped with a 6-kW rear-wheel-drive electric motor and offers two driving modes with a top speed of 25 mph, making it suitable for non-highway urban and residential areas. Buyers can choose between an 8-kWh or a 12-kWh lithium ferro phosphate (LFP) battery pack, offering up to 60 and 90 miles of range per charge, respectively. This is complemented by regenerative braking technology that helps extend battery life, and the vehicle includes a home charging kit with a top-up time of two to four hours.

Eli Zero Electric Micro-car Storage
The Eli Zero accommodates two passengers and offers trunk space sufficient for groceries or a gym bag.

Eco-friendliness is at the core of the Zero’s design. The vehicle boasts an impressive 285+ miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe), significantly reducing energy consumption compared to conventional and other electric vehicles. This efficiency does not only lower operating costs but also contributes to the reduction of urban air pollution.

Inside, the Zero is modest yet comfortable, equipped with either fabric or vegan leather seats, glass doors, and a tilting sunroof. Modern conveniences such as keyless entry, air conditioning, and a digital instrument display enhance user experience. Safety features include a rear parking camera, radar sensors, and an audio alert system to notify pedestrians of the vehicle’s approach.

Eli Zero Electric Micro-car Specs
The Eli Zero is equipped with a 6-kW motor located at the rear, achieving a maximum speed of 25 mph.

For those seeking additional luxury, the Plus version of the Zero includes several upgrades such as ABS, power-assisted steering, LED running lights, and optional entertainment features like a 10.1-inch Sony infotainment screen compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The Eli Zero will be available for purchase in the US starting from the third quarter of this year through local distributors and dealers. With the US being the largest market for micro-EVs, Eli anticipates capturing a significant share of this burgeoning sector. The company has already facilitated reservations with a fully refundable deposit of $200 and boasts a production capacity of over 4,000 vehicles per year from its 11-workstation assembly line.

Eli Zero Electric Micro-car
In the US, the Eli Zero is categorized as a Low-Speed Vehicle (LSV) or Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) and is slated to hit the market in Q3, starting at $11,990.

In conclusion, the Eli Zero electric micro-car offers an innovative solution for urban commuting, combining practicality with sustainability. Its affordable price point, coupled with low operating costs and compact design, makes it an attractive option for city residents looking to navigate their daily lives more efficiently and eco-consciously. As urban centers continue to grow, the Zero could play a crucial role in transforming how we think about and utilize personal transportation in densely populated areas.

Eli Zero Electric Micro-car Battery
The Eli Zero offers LFP battery choices with either a 60-mile or 90-mile range.

Source: Eli Electric Vehicles