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German e-car for urban mobility

Smart Sven wants to conquer the city

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About 20 years ago, the Smart brand set out to revolutionize urban mobility with an extremely small car. Sven wants to bring this approach into the modern age, garnished with many innovations.

In addition to luxury and sports cars, the Geneva Motor Show is often the stage for new, alternative vehicle projects. Such as the small electric car concept Sven, which the German company FEV, known among other things as a motor developer, still has until 17. March presented at the auto show. The small Stromer is characterized by a series Clever solutions for urban car sharing.

Among other things, this includes the particularly compact design. The boxy small car with sliding doors is only 2.50 meters short, which is exactly the length of the first Smart generation. Thanks to the tight bodywork, two transverse Sven can be parked in a typical car parking space. At 1.75 meters, however, the mini-mobile is 25 centimeters wider than the original Smart car. As a result, there is room inside for three people on a larger bench seat. And even in terms of luggage, the Sven offers more utility than the classic two-seat Smart car. Thanks to the forward-folding backrests of the two front passenger seats, the 210-liter trunk can be expanded to 580 liters.

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The 850-kilogram Sven is powered by a 33-hp electric motor that draws its power from a 20-kWh battery. According to FEV, the drive technology allows a top speed of 120 km/h. A range of 140 kilometers (WLTP). Thanks to some solar cells integrated into the roof, the microcar can also supply its battery with electricity independently of a charging infrastructure. To prevent a potential user from renting an empty Sven, it shows the current charge level of its battery with a projection on the road.

A carsharing customer can also create a personal profile. At the moment of hire, Sven then knows, for example, the new passenger's favorite music, the desired interior temperature or, say, the driver's seat settings. In the interior, the driver is also greeted by a simple and intuitive operating concept reduced to eight switches and buttons.

Sven is also uniquely suited for use as a car-sharing vehicle, according to FEV, due to its ease of maintenance, cleaning and low operating costs. In addition, the small car is equipped with camera and radar systems which, together with intelligent control and recognition software, should also provide the prerequisites for autonomous driving in the city in the future.

Sven is supposed to get share2drive GmbH, founded in 2015 as a spin-off of FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences, rolling. The car is the core product of the start-up, which Sven plans to put on the road in the third quarter of 2021.

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