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Parking for motorbikes is sufficient: CT-1 prototype: one car for the smallest gap

Parking for motorbikes is sufficient
CT-1 prototype – a car for the smallest gap

The CT-1 is a small car that fits easily into a motorcycle parking lot. The highlight is a folding mechanism that allows the nano to shrink to a width of one meter. It’s still a prototype, but the Israeli start-up that designed the CT-1 has big plans for the little one.

Who would have thought that a Smart Fortwo could look really fat in a parking lot compared to another car? Probably none, except Asaf Formoza. The problem of the Tel Aviv inventor could not have been solved with the Mercedes microcar of about 1.50 meters wide.

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The CT-1 prototype can drive up to 90 km / h. And the range of 180 kilometers should make the car attractive for suburban commuters as well.

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“A normal compact car fits in my garage and my motorcycle next to it,” says the man in his forties. But Formoza never liked the bike much. Too humid in winter, in summer it was boiling under the helmet – and take the little ones to kindergarten? Too insecure. The solution would be a full-fledged car, but only one meter wide.

The solution is ready. Formoza put his City Transformer on wheels together with the prototype builders of Roding. 1.58 meters high, 2.50 meters long – and only one meter wide. It appears the tester may cough; but prejudices aside and we enter the traffic turmoil of the city of Munich.

Inside like a car

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The first impression of the interior of the CT1 prototype is like that of the Smart: it looks much more mature from the inside.

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The first impression is almost like that of the first Smart: from the inside, the vehicle looks much more mature, just like a car. The two seats, one behind the other in the CT-1, offer enough space even for taller people. Two small screens in the cockpit provide all essential information, infotainment and connection to apps and the usual services. Unlike other vehicles in the small L7e class, such as Renault’s Twizzy, the CT-1 is fully enclosed and air-conditioned. The 14 kWh battery under the floor and two 7.5 kW electric motors spontaneously provide their sufficient power, as is typical for traction. Rear-wheel drive Schmalhans can swim effortlessly in traffic.

However, this only works because Formoza has patented a trick from a speed of 30: the two steel beams left and right in the frame on which the wheels are suspended can then be electrohydraulically extended by 25 centimeters with the push of a button. . The wider track should allow for safer road holding even at higher speeds. The CT-1 can reach speeds of up to 90 km / h. And the range of 180 kilometers should make the car attractive for suburban commuters as well. The battery is fully charged in 3.5 hours, even if connected to a domestic socket; on the quick charger it takes 20 minutes.

The big moment comes when you park

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Like the Lamborghini Aventador, the doors swing forwards and upwards.

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But the external values ​​are even more spectacular, even acoustically: the mechanism when the chassis is extended continues to hum, creak and creak in the prototype in such a way that at first there is no confidence in the opening mechanism. But after a few kilometers and a courageous acceleration, the feeling of insecurity disappeared. The CT-1 glides like a mini through the streets of the old town and the highway-like Mittlerer Ring. Fast lane changes hardly cause body lean, but ABS and ESP keep overly ambitious speed in check. The low center of gravity – the battery pack below, the CFRP body above – allows the 450kg car to sit more firmly on the road than it looks when stationary. So it also works with driving fun. And thanks to the fold-down rear seat, you can also stow away the big weekend shopping.

The really big hour of the tiny car comes when you park in the chronically congested city: retract the chassis – and cheat 1.20 meters in front of an SUV. A length of 2.50 meters allows, as with the original Smart, this position as long as there are no obstacles, for example for pedestrians or lanes. Getting out isn’t a problem either, because the doors lift up and move forward, just like the Lamborghini Aventador. Engineer Formoza also reckons that four of his folding artists can be accommodated in a standard parking lot. Finding such a parking space is ten times easier than in a compact car. “This is extremely interesting for car sharing providers, paramedics or delivery services.” Formoza has already negotiated the first sales contracts with them.

15,000 vehicles are planned

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The CT-1 prototype no longer needs a motorcycle parking space.

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The CT-1 is expected to roll off the assembly line in Europe starting in 2024 and negotiations for this are also on the way. At the beginning, 15,000 vehicles are planned for annual production – and a price of around 16,000 euros. For 12,500 euros, however, the first enthusiasts can already pre-order the car via the website. However, there is no environmental premium for cars in this class.

However, Formoza still doesn’t want to find its niche in the market as a price switch. The developer relies, for example, on the fact that the owners of the CT-1 receive special rights from city governments. For two reasons: first, its light vehicle is particularly environmentally friendly. Thanks to its small size and also because it consists of only 1,500 individual parts and is also particularly resource-efficient in production. A conventional car consists of up to 10,000 parts. In addition, the Stromer strait requires little space.

In Tel Aviv, for example, there are prospects of being able to ride on special motorcycle lanes. And it is also in contact with the main Italian, French and German cities to open roads or parking spaces that are prohibited for normal-sized cars. If these negotiations with the administration work as smoothly as the technology in the CT-1? The little one deserved sympathy.

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