So, what if maybe our entire approach is wrong?
That's certainly the case Swiss startup Granstudio is trying to argue in the presentation of their Komma EV, which they hope to bring into production no later than 2025. The timeline alone is a very bold one, so we might as well give them some of our attention as they argue for the Komma, an electric vehicle they say shouldn't be described as a microcar even though it seems to check all the boxes of one.
Granstudio is adamant about avoiding the association with a microcar because all previous attempts at making them happen on a large scale have failed, more or less spectacularly. If it's not the design and single functionality of the vehicle, it's the stability and safety of a microcar that's working against it.
And that's precisely why we need to think outside of the box, Granstudio says. The Komma is like a microcar in design, with its tandem seats and little storage compartment in the rear, but it's more like a car in the way it's equipped with safety features and weather protection. Perhaps more impressively, it sits like a motorcycle on the road, tilting to the sides to keep its grip on the road thanks to a patented four-wheel electronic tilting system (e-TS).
The architecture would be modular as well, offering the possibility to adjust pricing to individual budgets and needs. The all-in version would be much like a passenger car, except it would be three times more energy efficient than an EV car, would use 66% less energy compared to a car, have 70% less of an ecological footprint, and 70% less of the operational and fuel costs. Oh, and it would require no helmet because of the integrated standard safety features.
These include ABS, airbags, seatbelts, and anti-collision control, and would bring the Komma one step over other electric vehicles like bicycles and microcars and closer to standard EV passenger cars. The cockpit would also be akin to what you can find in a car but with lots of emphasis on minimalism and digitalization.
Sadly, there's no driving yet. Neither is there any experiencing of anything even remotely close to what's promised, and that's mostly because the Komma EV is still in its early stages.
Despite the bold 2025 timeline and the brief glimpse at a prototype in the promotional video at the bottom of the page, details remain sparse. Granstudio makes several very enticing promises ranging from a decent range (heh) to that top speed and an overall decreased carbon footprint, but it still has to walk the walk after talking the talk.