Dutch Solar-powered City Car advances towards production with new features

After unveiling the car last November which it thinks is the perfect solution for city travel, Amsterdam-based startup Squad Mobility has added more features for its Squad Solar City car with doors and air-conditioning.

Measuring at 2 metres in length and 1 metre in width, the price of the Squad car starts from € 5,750 excluding taxes. The company has announced that the two-seater Squad solar city car will get two door options – half doors for splash protection and full doors with windows for full weather protection. Squad Mobility has stated that after they revealed the car, many customers reached out to the company and asked for increased weather protection. The doors, which are removable units, also come in a time where protection is taking the lead in the current Coronavirus crisis. Built with a full roll cage, the Squad city car combines the advantages of a scooter and a small car with a storage compartment, seat belts and four-wheel stability.

Initially, the Squad will be offered in the L6e light 4-wheeled vehicle category, with a top speed of 45 km/h. A more powerful L7 category will be launched later with a top speed of 80 km/h. Powering the car is a two-unit portable battery pack offering a range of up to 100 km (50 km per battery). It can also be charged through solar power and the roof-mounted solar cells add up to 20 km of range per day. Two in-wheel motors in the rear wheels drive the vehicle and have a combined output of 4 kW.

Squad Solar Car SpecificationValue
Length2000 mm
Width1000 mm
Height1600 mm
FrameTubular roll cage
Passengers2 persons
Rear bench2 children upto 1.25 meter (L7 version)
Storage68 L / 243 L (Cargo)
Max speed45 km/h
Suspension4 wheel independent
Motors2 x in-Wheel RWD
Power2 x 2kW (total 4kW)
Batteries2 x portable Li-ion
ChargingSolar & 220 V
Turning circle6 meter
GearingFwd | Reverse
DimensionsPortable 2 x
Battery range50 km per Battery *
Max. Batt. Range100 km *
Solar Range20 km / day
ChargingSolar & 220V
Brakes4 wheel discs & parking brake
BeltsAll seats
LightingFront & Rear & Turning lights
Price (EU market)€ 5750 (excluding VAT)
*excluding solar

The Squad car has been developed specifically for shared mobility solutions, where the shared mobility operators can enjoy the advantages of the compact footprint, automatic solar charging and exchangeable batteries. Deliveries are expected to begin in the last quarter of 2021 in European Union. Squad Mobility has also planned subscription and lease models and is targeting a lease price of around € 100 per month.

The Squad will be homologated initially for the EU market, but pre-orders from outside the EU are also being accepted now on the company website. Distribution outside the EU will be decided depending on the volume of pre-orders from those markets.

If you are interested in solar-powered vehicles, you may want to read about the Lightyear One and the Sono Sion.