France has a long history of making amazing cars, and things only get weirder as electric cars become more common. The Citroen Ami is an a fine example of French eccentricity, but there is nothing in it. The Kilow is a lightweight electric car with a short range and modest power, but it’s one of the coolest tiny electric cars we’ve seen yet. It’s available for pre-order now, but there’s no word yet on whether it’ll be coming to North America.
Looking at this thing, it’s easy to be fooled by its meager appearance, but videos of the car tell a completely different story. It seems that an absolute riot, especially in the woods where you can see the trails tearing up next to the mountain biker. It rides on narrow 18-inch wheels with two side-by-side electric motors. Wide open, the Kilow can hit 24 mph in four seconds—not exactly brisk by today’s electric car standards, but it sure feels a lot more intense sitting in a battery-powered steel rickshaw.
Depending on how it’s configured, the car offers up to 87 miles of range, but cargo weight is limited to just 330 pounds, so heavy loads are likely to affect range significantly. It is capable of starting on a 40 percent incline and has LED lighting for night driving.
Two versions of the vehicle are available, and one can be driven by people without a license in some parts of Europe. Local laws in the US may vary, but the unlicensed version is limited to a top speed of 28 mph. The license-required version can go up to 50 mph.
kgEV, the company behind the Kilow, markets it as a toy for adults. There’s even a life-sized “box” for storage and charging that looks like it classic toy car packaging in stores. The price, however, does not match this image. Kilow prices start at €9,990, or $9,855 at today’s exchange rate. The company requires a 10% discount to reserve the vehicle and the configuration will be available after pre-orders are completed.