Electric vehicle company Next.e.Go plans UK micro-factory

German electric vehicle company Next.e.Go, maker of the sub-3.5m four-seater Life city car, hopes to build a micro-factory in the UK.

Speaking at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, a spokesperson explained: “Our plan is to set up a factory in Britain. We have the investment and we are looking to expand our reach.

The company currently has a production plant in Aachen, Germany, and holds licenses to build micro-factories in Bulgaria and Greece.

Each has a production target of between 10,000 and 30,000 cars per year. After going into voluntary insolvency during the pandemic, it recently reemerged after raising nearly £70m in investment.

The rear-drive Life has a claimed city range of up to 240 km (149 miles)107 hp of peak power and a top speed of 70 mph.

It measures 3348mm long, 1748mm wide and 1581mm high, making it shorter but wider and taller than the Smart Forfour.

Sitting on an aluminum space frame with a plastic outer skin, it weighs 1150kg, around 50kg lighter than the Smart.

It’s been on sale since 2019 in select European markets, priced around £15,000.

Life variants include a Sport model, with larger rims and more aggressive styling, and the e.Wave X, a more rugged model sporting black cladding around the bumper, rims and side skirts of the Life. car.

Its manufacturer has also already unveiled urban bus and SUV concepts.

The spokesperson declined to comment on the timeline for a potential UK production or to acknowledge whether a potential production location had been identified.

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