Fox E-Mobility has taken another step towards starting production and has completed the overall design of its new Mia series of electric cars. The first prototypes are planned for the current year. Serial production in cooperation with a car manufacturer is scheduled to start in 2024.
The board gave its final blessing to the new interior and exterior design, which was created under the guidance of automotive designer Murat Günak, according to a press release. Internally, the new vehicle model is called Mia 2.0 and is a further development of the previous model Mia 1.0 from 2012, which was also designed by Günak.
The new Mia model is 3.2 meters long, weighs less than 1,000 kilograms and has a cargo volume of 1,500 liters. The company specifies a range of 200 kilometres; an optional second battery, which can also be retrofitted, doubles the range to 400 kilometers. The company does not give any other technical details in the press release, nor does it specify who the vehicle manufacturer will be for the start of production. According to the company, Mia is the only electric car project that will be financed and developed exclusively in Europe and built in Europe with European partners.
Fox E-Mobility sees the vehicle as an ideal solution for commercial mobility needs in urban areas, citing delivery services and passenger vehicles as potential users. The price will be “well below 20,000 euros”, specifies the company.
Fox E-Mobility showed off the Mia 2.0 concept in August of last year. The integrated mini ‘skateboard’ kit allows several derivatives of the Mia product family such as shorter or longer models for three or four passengers or small vans with 1,500 liters of space.
Fox E-Mobility had taken over the rights to the Mia in December 2020 and announced at the time a production start for the first quarter of 2023. As mentioned above, the compact model is based on the Mia 1.0, which had already been introduced ten years. a few years ago, but had to be equipped with “state-of-the-art battery technology and the latest drive systems”. Features such as the central driving position and the compact exterior dimensions with the largest possible interior space had to be retained.
As part of the model revival, Fox E-Mobility announced a cooperation with Slovak battery company InoBat Auto last June. The two companies had signed a memorandum of understanding for extensive cooperation on development, production and battery design for the Mia 2.0.
The failing manufacturer of the Mia 2.0 named Fox Automotive Switzerland AG was acquired by Catinum AG during a “reverse IPO”, i.e. it had already ceased its operational activities beforehand and n only acted as a so-called front company. The general meeting of Catinum AG has decided to take over in the form of a capital increase against contribution in kind for a volume of 69.6 million euros. The name of Catinum AG was simultaneously changed to Fox E-Mobility AG. The company is listed on several stock exchanges in Germany.
The Germany-based AG said in December 2020 that it intended to focus on the European development and production of battery electric vehicles in the low-cost segment for all major European markets. At the time, Philippe Perret (CEO), Ulrich Hoernke (CFO) and Christian Jung (CTO) took over the management.
A few days ago there was a change of direction. For personal reasons, according to the company, Ulrich Hörnke resigned as CEO of Fox E-Mobility. Chairman Philippe Perret will lead the company as CEO and CFO with Christian Jung as CTO. Hörnke will remain available to the company as an advisor.
With reporting by Domenico Sciurti, Germany.
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