Electric vehicle start-up Siticars' new Me is an ultralight mobility solution for urban drivers
Felix Page Autocar writer
23 April 2019

London-based EV start-up Siticars has unveiled a two-seater microcar aimed at drivers living in the new Ultra Low Emission Zone.

The Me, available in pick up, box van and passenger car forms, boasts a top speed of 48.5mph and claimed range of 93 miles from its 10bhp 72V electric motor. 

It is not dissimilar to the Reva G-Wiz, an electric vehicle on sale during the noughties, which was widely criticised for poor safety. This is, in part, to the fact that quadricycles - of which both the G-Wiz and Me are defined - are not liable to the same stringent EuroNCAP tests as heavier, more powerful cars.

Siticars says that, although the Me is “fully approved for use on UK roads by DVLA and has full EU certificates of compliance”, it is ineligible to be driven on motorways due to its top speed.

While the G-Wiz was on sale during the early days of electric vehicles, there are now a plethora of zero-emission cars on sale, all of which are exempt from new charges favouring low-emission vehicles, such as London’s Congestion Charge and the recently introduced Ultra Low Emissions Zone.

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Siticars said the benefit of the 518kg Me over such cars includes its ability to park “in less than half of the space required for traditional cars”. A company spokesperson said that parking 90 degrees to the kerb would allow up to three to park in one space. 

The similarly sized Renault Twizy is cheaper, starting at £6,690, but features a tandem-style two-seat layout, as opposed to the Me’s side-by-side format, and does not include batteries, which have to be leased from the company. The Me can be ordered online from May for between £7999 and £12,000 according to specified battery choice and bodystyle.

The Me, measuring just 2245mm x 1290mmm, can be equipped with 10kWh lithium batteries that can be charged from a domestic 13amp 3-pin wall socket in 4-6 hours. 

A less expensive lead acid battery option yields a charging time of between 6-8 hours. An optional portable charger is available with the Me, enabling overnight charging for users with no off-street parking. 

The company says it is currently shipping 50 units per month, but is capable of producing 20 times that number. 

The Me is available only in the UK, with air conditioning, LED running lights, a rear parking camera, electrically assisted rear door, Bluetooth and panoramic roof fitted at standard.

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23 April 2019

It looks like the offspring of a JEEP/golf buggy coupling.

 

24 April 2019

Enforced celibacy on wheels.

24 April 2019

Great for tall people

Great for looking a dorkus

Great for being late to your business meeting

Great for looking like your driving an american off-roader thats gone through a hydraulic press

Great for sitting inconspicuously on a shelf in Clarks

Great for feeling patriotic it a 'Great British Car'

JMax

23 April 2019

The very first order has gone to Postman Pat!

"Postman Pat, Postman Pat, Postman Pat & his Red & Black EV."

23 April 2019

It is always amazing what can be sold to the British consumer.

This looks like a Jeep designed for Action Man or Barbie (in Pink). Hopefully the build quality will be excellent because it hasn't got much going for it! No range, limited performance, no protection or safety standards. Selling fifty a month would seem a stretch unless you can drive it with no driving license, road tax and insurance.

I'm sorry but why? It's like polishing a turd, it isn't going to get any better!

 

23 April 2019

F&** Me

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

23 April 2019

Its not that bad, its quite neat and will be perfect for city driving, bit pricey though.

XXXX just went POP.

23 April 2019

 Looks cute, specially as a delivery Van, but, there is a Japanese vehicle of similar proportions, can’t see it taking the World by storm though?!

Peter Cavellini.

23 April 2019

Oh dear.

London is in its own enormous bubble...and the rest of the U.K. looks on with a bemused expression...

Steam cars are due a revival.

289

23 April 2019

Spot on..

Perfect vehicle for looking a dork.

We had vehicles like this in the 60's...they were only available in Blue though!

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