Mycar

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A Innovech MyCar at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Mycar
Layout Electric Vehicle
Powertrain
Electric motor 168 hp (125 kW)
Transmission Electronic Controlled Single Speed Automatic with differential (forward, reverse, neutral)
Battery 9.6 kWh Lead AGM, maintenance free
Electric range 112 km (70 mi) at GVW on Flat Roads
Dimensions
Wheelbase 1,691 mm
Length 2,653 mm
Width 1,396 mm
Height 1,446 mm
Curb weight 1,570 lb (710 kg) (without a driver, with batteries)

Mycar is an electric vehicle originally produced by EuAuto Technology Limited based in Hong Kong. The company had its manufacturing facility in Dongguan, China. It is currently sold in Hong Kong, Britain, France and Austria. The Mycar is classified as a NEV in the United States due to its low top speed.

History[edit]

The car was first conceived by Giorgetto Giugiaro of Italdesign in 2003. The propulsion system was engineered in cooperation with Hong Kong Polytechnic University.[1] [2] [3] The concept was then developed by EU Auto with the car launched by the NICE Car Company at the 2008 London Motorshow.

In 2010, GreenTech Automotive, Inc. bought EuAuto Technology, Ltd., and announced plans to manufacture and market vehicles in the United States.[4]

The first U.S. manufactured Mycar vehicles, which were also supposed be exported to Denmark, were supposed to come off the assembly line in Horn Lake, Mississippi on 4 July 2011.[5] As of August 2013, GreenTech had not disclosed any sales figures, but was promising production of 30,000 vehicles annually in 2014.[6] Subsequently, the company broke ground on a new plant in Tunica, Mississippi at the start of 2014.[7]

Specification[edit]

Performance:

  • Maximum Gradient: More than 20% at GVW
  • Consumption Approx.: 196 Wh/mile

Weights and Dimensions:

  • Body and Finish: Painted Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) Body Panels
  • Steering: Rack-and-Pinion, Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Turning Radius: 3.75 m
  • Number of Seats: 2
  • Rear Luggage Compartment: 86 litres
  • Unladen Weight: 710 kg (without a driver, with batteries)
  • Maximum Safe Load: 200 kg
  • Total Authorized Laden Weight: 910 kg
  • Length: 2,653 mm
  • Width: 1,396 mm
  • Height: 1,446 mm
  • Wheel Base: 1,691 mm
  • Track: Front: 1,173 mm - Rear: 1,227
  • Ground Clearance: 120 mm

Technical Specifications:

Batteries:

  • Type: Lead AGM, maintenance free
  • Number of Batteries in pack: 4
  • Pack Tension: 48V
  • Pack Capacity: 200 Ah
  • Power Onboard: 9.6kWh

Onboard Battery Charger:

  • Domestic Electric Supply: 190 - 255V AC, 16A
  • Charging Power: 2100 W
  • Recharge Time: 8 – 10 hours (quick charge: 3 hours)
  • Charger: 48V DC
  • Battery Self Discharge: 0.83% per week at 20oC

Motorization:

  • Motor Type: 48V DC Electric Motor with Separate Excitation
  • Maximum Power: 5 kW
  • Transmission: Electronic Controlled Single Speed Automatic with differential (forward, reverse, neutral)
  • Motor and Batteries Location: Middle of Vehicle
  • Type of Drive: Rear Wheel Drive
  • Tyres and Wheels: 14” Aluminum Alloy Wheels (165 / 60 R14)
  • Auxiliary Equipment: Powered by a 12V 18Ah Lead AGM battery re-charged by a DC/DC Converter

Speed Control: Electronic Controller with Regenerative Brake to increase drive range

Chassis: Steel Tubular Space Frame with Roof Frame

Suspension:

  • Type: Independent on All Wheels
  • Front: McPherson Type with Coil Springs and Dampers
  • Rear: Trailing Arm Type with Coil Springs and Dampers

Braking System:

  • Type of braking: Dual Circuit Hydraulic Braking System
  • Front: 209 mm diameter brake discs
  • Rear: 209 mm diameter brake discs
  • Parking Brakes: Mechanical on Rear Axle

Design[edit]

The MyCar is a 2 door coupe measuring 2.6 m long, 1.4 m wide and 1.4 m high. The car can accommodate occupants up to 6"5, with a boot front and rear, giving a combined space of 140 litres. The maximum payload is 200 kg.

The car comes in two versions: Standard and Select. Identical in drivetrain, the Select adds leather seats, panoramic glass roof, parking sensors, upgraded radio, larger alloy wheels and body coloured steering mirrors.

Future Models[edit]

EU Auto has publicly announced future plans for a 2+2 model of the MyCar, Lithium Ion powered car and light commercial truck.

Distributors[edit]

The UK was the first market to sell the MyCar, through EV Stores. France followed soon after, with Monaco based Newteon handling distribution. Late in 2009 Meco World was announced as the distributor for Austria. EU Auto announced in October that the car had been approved for use in Hong Kong and that sales were to begin in the home market of the car.

Price[edit]

The MyCar is priced in the UK at £10,495 for the Standard model, and £11,945 for the Select. Depending on running electricity tariff, the cost of a full charge is 80p. As with all electric cars, the MyCar is exempt from the London congestion charge, road tax and parking charges in some locations.

Production of the MyCar in the United States was scheduled to begin in the first part of 2011. The base price for the first 100,000 units was announced as $10,000 US. By 2014, the MyCar was still not on sale in the US market and a list price of US$15,500 was being discussed.[7]

Competitors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Buzz over first Hong Kong-made electric car". The Standard. 23 October 2009. Retrieved 7 December 2009. 
  2. ^ "Electric vehicle 'Mycar' starts journey in Hong Kong". The New Nation. 25 October 2009. Retrieved 7 December 2009. 
  3. ^ "Home-grown electric vehicle mycar makes its first journey in Hong Kong". www.innovations-report.com. 
  4. ^ John Duce (17 May 2010). "GreenTech Buys EuAuto to Build Mycar Model in U.S.". Bloomberg Businessweek. 
  5. ^ Robert Lee Long (17 February 2011). "Denmark GreenTech's 1st buyer: First car to roll off assembly line July 4". Desoto Times Tribune. 
  6. ^ Robert Lee Long (13 August 2013). "Car company for real: Plant manager says GreenTech on cutting edge". Desoto Times Tribune. 
  7. ^ a b "GreenTech Automotive breaks ground on MyCar factory in Mississippi". AutoBlogGreen. 10 January 2014. 

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