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Meet another Norwegian EV: The Buddy

Buddy is a Norwegian company that is building EVs. Their model, the Kewet Buddy is one of the cheapest EVs in the market, thanks to it's off-the shelf components with "little emphasis on additional equipment and fancy extras", as the website states. The bright side? Fewer components means fewer parts to break.

The current generation seats three adults and "two cases of beers or 6-8 bags of groceries" and is suitable for city use, thanks to its compact size. The company also claims that the model works both in cold and warm countries, although they state that it's only on sale in Norway. It's got regenerative braking. The range: from 50 to 100 km with lead-acid batteries or 100 to 150 with Lithium-ion. Full specs after the jump.

Specifications for the Kewet Buddy
Homologation: e11*2002/24*0153*00, category L7e
Seating capacity: 3 adults
Vehicle length / width / height: 244 x 143 x 144 cm
Wheelbase: 155 cm
Turning circle: 7.3 m
Unladen mass (without batteries): 400 kg
Curb weight (without driver, lead acid batteries): 785 kg
Maximum allowed weight: 1.020 kg
Luggage compartment capacity: 150 litre / base 920 x 470 cm
Motor: SepEx 72V DC, 13 kW
Transmission: Gear wheel transmission with differential rear-wheel drive and fully automatic electric gear shift system, gearing 1:7
Top speed: 80-90 km/h depending of battery technology
Acceleration: 0-50 km/h in ca 7 seconds
Maximum hill-starting ability: 20%
Suspension: Front – MacPherson struts. Rear – Independent
Wheels/Tyres standard: Alloy wheels 4Jx13 // 135(145)/80R13
Brakes: Regenerative braking to enhance the driving range. Disc brakes on all wheels with double circuit braking system. Parking brake on the rear wheels.
Body: Fibre-glass reinforced polyester and ABS
Safety cabin: Welded tubular steel space frame, optional hot dip galvanised
Heating: Electric heater 1600W, optional paraffin heater system
Batteries: Maintenance-free lead batteries, ca 8.4 kWh or optional ca 10.5 kWh available. Li-Ion technology, 10-15 kWh available.
Charging time: 0-100% in 6-8 hours, 30-100% in 3 hours
Range: Lead-acid batteries 50-100 km, depending on road conditions, temperature and the driver. Li-Ion batteries up to 100-150 km
Versions: Cabriolet
Left-hand drive with metric units for the speedometer.
Right-hand drive with imperial units for the speedometer.
Additional equipment: Paraffin heater 2.200 W, fan heater 550 W when charging, radio/CD player, coupling device (maximum towable mass 200 kg), sun roof, ski rack and bike rack.

[Source: Buddy (thanks to Kert for the tip)]

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