Surge EV, a startup from India, has designed a unique transforming EV for the Indian market. Called the S32, in its combined form it resembles the auto rickshaws common in that part of the world:
However, the fascia can be popped open, and the driver can then remove the thing they'd been sitting on—a separate scooter:
This provides a great deal of flexibility. A delivery driver or vendor could configure the vehicle each morning (or on-the-fly) for that day's specific hauling needs, traffic constraints or energy availability. Both the scooter and the rickshaw body have their own separate batteries and motors; the batteries are charged independently. When the units are combined, the body's larger 11 kWH battery and motor do the driving, with the ability to haul 500kg (1,102 lbs). The scooter's smaller 3.5 kWH battery and motor are only activated when the units are separated. The top speeds are, respectively, 50 and 60 km/h (31 and 37 mph).
Furthermore, the body will be offered in multiple configurations, including a passenger-carrying option:
The company says the conversion takes three minutes and can be done tool-free.
At press time prices were not announced, but the company says they're aiming for production in 2025.
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