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Romet 4E—An Electric Car
July 29, 2011   
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This two-person car with a sizable luggage compartment is ideal for urban shoppers. It offers good maneuverability in traffic jams and requires little parking space. The best thing about it is that it doesn’t use liquid fuel. Instead, it is charged by plugging into an electric socket, just like a mobile phone.

Meet the Romet 4E (Electric, Economic, Ecologic, Easy)—an electric urban car designed by engineers from Arkus & Romet Group based in Podgrodzie near the southeastern city of Dębica. The prototype was unveiled at the last Intermot exhibition in Kiel, Germany, and it attracted quite a bit of attention. Several distributors from the United States, Canada, South Africa, and other countries have already contacted Arkus, expressing their interest in selling the car. The company is hoping to launch regular production of the Romet 4E later this year.

Arkus & Romet Group President Wiesław Grzyb says that the Romet 4E is the Polish reaction to the fast development of the electric car market around the world. The company hopes to focus on exports, even though the prototype has proved to raise significant interest also on the Polish market. Its designers have combined ecology with driving economy. Due to the modern electric drive, the cost of driving 100 kilometers is just zl.5. The battery is charged by simply plugging it into a standard socket. Full charging takes seven hours and provides enough energy to drive 100 km, a journey that will take around two hours.

“The car is intended as an alternative to scooters and motorcycles, so it needs to offer similar features: maximum speed of up to 45 kph,” said Leszek Preisner, the car’s main designer. “For the Romet 4E, you will need just a moped driving license, which means that in Poland, 16-year-olds will be allowed to drive it.”

As for the car body, it will look the same as the prototype, while the interior will be further developed to make it even more attractive. The body is made of plastic, so it will be resistant to corrosion, and the batteries are designed to work at least five years. Also, you do not have to worry about replacing engine oil. The designer believes these features compensate for the Romet 4E’s price, which seems quite high, given it is a small four-wheel vehicle intended to compete with scooters and motorcycles. The producer estimates the car will cost 6,000-7,000 euros. However, the company plans to launch a cheaper version for the Polish market, costing around 5,000 euros. A regular combustion engine version is also planned.

The Romet 4E is the first car from Arkus & Romet Group, a leader of the Polish bicycle and motorcycle market since the early 1990s. It has three bicycle factories, in Podgrodzie, Jastrowo and Kowalewo Wielkopolskie, as well as the Romet Motors scooter and motorcycle factory in Podgrodzie. The latter manufactures motorcycles, scooters and mopeds bearing the Romet brand. The factory in Podgrodzie puts out some 5,000 units a month. More than half of its output is exported to Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Britain. The company successfully introduces new production technologies, certificates and product certificates, and has won many business awards.
Ewa Dereń

Romet 4E Factfile
Length: 2,450 mm
Height: 1,430 mm
Width: 1,400 mm
Axle base: 1,620 mm
Wheel base: 1,250 mm
Weight without batteries: 349 kg
BLDC electric engine: 60 V or 72 V
Electric engine power: 2x2 kW
Batteries: lead or lithium-ion, 10 kWh
Range: ca. 100 km
Vehicle category: L6e
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