An Israeli firm has revealed a small electric vehicle with an adjustable ride and body shape at the Munich Motor Show. The City Transformer, built by a Tel Aviv-based firm of the same name, is one-metre wide and has a top speed of 55mph, with a claimed range of 111 miles.
It is hoped the model will allow drivers to park in smaller spaces for improved urban mobility, and up to four City Transformers can fit into one standard parking space.
The City Transformer has two driving modes - the 'folded' city mode, and a performance mode, which expands the car's width to 1.4 metres for a more traditional car-driving experience. Power is supplied by two 7.5kW electric motors, producing enough power for a 0-31mph time of 5.0 secs.
“Our innovative product, a folding car-platform that has the ability to shrink its track-width as it parks, will allow the driver to park the vehicle in a small space that was until now reserved for motor cyclists,” the firm said.
Pre-orders for the model are already open, starting from £10,716 (€12,500) for those who order early, or £13,719 (€16,000) beyond the pre-order window.
Described by the manufacturer as “the world’s first all-electric mobility solution that intelligently transforms its width and riding behaviour for a superior city riding and parking experience,” the City Transformer can also be charged to 80% of its full capacity in 30 minutes and that it is built with sustainable materials.
Four colours, Spacious White, Concrete Grey Nimble Blue Metallic, Transformer Red will be available when the model goes on sale.