DOK-ING XD concept – Click above for high-res image gallery
We reported on the Dok-Ing XD concept, an unlikely entry in the electric vehicle category, a while back. What makes this vehicle unexpected is its country of origin. Croatia is not widely considered a hot bed for groundbreaking technology, unless you considered the Yugo groundbreaking in its day. The country has developed some new technologies that have moved them higher up the list of innovators, though, including robotic de-mining equipment currently used by the U.S. military.
When we first heard about the XD concept, nothing more than scant details were available about the vehicle's abilities. The company has now released additional info and, if the numbers prove to be true, the Dok-Ing XD could become another solid competitor in the electric vehicle market.
Here's what the company is reporting. The XD will carry up to three people over a range of 145 miles at city speeds and can be charged on a typical outlet or via fast charging, where filling up will take as little as one hour. The initial cost is expected to be about $40,000 but the company plans to reduce the price to around $26,000 when mass production begins.
Dok-Ing is currently seeking additional funding to build the car, money that may come from the Croatian government or through a shareholder system that could allow private investors outside of Croatia to take over the company. The vehicle may look a bit funky, but the high range and low mass production price tag should appeal to many.
[Source: Automotive News - sub. req.]