If they can import this little bugger to the United States (doubtful, given our idiotic importation laws), and if it is in any way "affordable" (even more doubtful, given the class it is competing in), and if it actually manages to live up to its advertised specifications ("divine intervention" levels of doubtful), I will happily swallow (most of) my complaints about electric cars and plop my butt down in the one-and-only front seat of a Dok-ing XD:
Four in-wheel motors kick out a total of 531 lb-ft of torque. You climb in through scissor doors. The brake lights are Xs and the turn signals are arrows.
It sandwiches its 33 kWh/705-lb LiPo battery pack inside the floor Commuter Cars Tango-style. That’s enough capacity to give it a 136-mile range at 55 MPH.
So, not being familiar with the name, I went and did a little homework; do you know what Dok-ing’s stock and trade was before they decided to get into the "electric sports car" market? Robotic mine-clearing robots. Yeah, you read that right. Oh, and robotic fire-fighting systems. And apparently they are really, really good at blowing up mines:
DOK-ING has so far gained more than eighteen years of experience in different types of landmine clearance, on all types of terrain in the Republic of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia. More than 50.000.000 square meters has been cleared and more than 130.000 mines have been destroyed by mechanical mine clearance systems. We are proud to state that there has never been a single mine accident /incident involving any of our personnel and/or anyone else in the areas cleared by our machines.
Crazy Croatians. Brilliant, humanitarian, and obviously skilled, but crazy.
And now they want to make a tiny electric city car. Far be it for me to argue with folks who can call upon the support of flail-wielding, mine-smashing robots.
I do have some concerns about the placement of the on/off switch (on the 6 o’clock steering wheel spoke), and I wonder at the three-person seating arrangement (where do their legs go?), and based on other all-electric cars’ performance I really doubt the quoted effective ranges, but this little toy seems to find the happy spot between "functional" (in that it is able to hold two people and groceries/luggage/etc.) and "fun" (531 lb-ft of torque on an all-wheel-drive device that weighs all of 2,900lbs? Yes, please.). Still not much good for anything more than around-town driving, but that range could probably get me to the Dragon and back…
And, still, mine-flailing robots!
(Image courtesy of Dok-ing automotiv d.o.o.)