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"The Autochen": Artega to begin series delivery of the Karolino electric city car in October
Pilot production is already underway at the new plant in Delbrück
The Karolino outperforms comparable e-vehicles in quality, performance and price
Artega sets new standards for electromobility in cities
Frers: “The Karolino is the best car in its class”
Artega remains the exclusive manufacturer of the sister model Microlino for Europe
This year, Artega is bringing an electric cult car to the streets. In October, the Delbrück-based company will begin delivery of the Karolino, an enhanced sister model to the Microlino electric car. Pilot production of the small urban runabout, which sports a retro, 1950s-inspired design, has successfully begun at the new Artega plant. Artega took over the Microlino development project and several pre-series vehicles from the Italian Tazzari Group last November, and has developed it to readiness for series production.
“We affectionately call the Karolino ‘the Autochen’. It’s the perfect city car: electric, stylish and high-quality,” says Klaus Dieter Frers, CEO of Artega GmbH. “We have improved the ‘Karolino’ in over 150 technical points in comparison with the previous state of development of the Microlino.”
The chassis and suspension have been reconstructed by Artega in the interest of increased stiffness at a lower weight and significantly improved driving and braking characteristics. The design has been given a higher-quality look, and the interior has been reworked as well, for example with optional comfort seats.
Smartphone connectivity, a voice assistant with artificial intelligence and a sound system, which are supplied by the automotive electronics manufacturer paragon, can be installed at the customer’s request. Through changes to the electrical system and the use of high- performance batteries, as well as control electronics from the manufacturer Voltabox, power consumption has been reduced and the vehicle has been made fast-chargeable. Initially, a charging time of two hours was required to bring the lithium-ion battery from zero to a charge level of 80 percent. In the future, the charging time stands to be reduced to just an hour.
Frers: “We are extremely satisfied with the result. The Karolino surpasses comparable vehicles in different categories. These include range, weight, charging time and price. We believe that the Karolino is currently the best vehicle in its class. We hope to introduce and sell the car wherever the next stage of urban mobility becomes a reality. For this reason, we are opening regional centers in various major German cities in the coming months. As early as this year, the first Karolinos will begin making cities more colorful and the air cleaner.”
Family business with e-mobility history and expertise
In the development and production of the vehicle, Artega has relied on its years of experience in the production of electric sports cars and its partnership with the German automotive manufacturer paragon, including its electromobility subsidiary Voltabox, which is a market leader in the field of Li-ion batteries.
“We are a family business with heart and a great deal of experience in the field of electromobility,” says Frers. “By taking over the Italian company TMI from the Tazzari Group, we acquired the distribution and production rights for this vehicle platform. This was a crucial and correct move for us. From our headquarters in the ‘auto city’ of Delbrück, we are driving electrification forward in the field of mobility – and from now on, we will be able to do so in the mass market as well. We want to show that ‘Made in Germany’ e-vehicles can definitely make a name for themselves on the market,” says Frers. Artega will remain the exclusive European manufacturer of the Microlino, which is independently distributed by the Swiss company Micro Mobility Systems AG.
About the Karolino
The Karolino belongs to the L7e vehicle class; Artega has had experience in the development of L7e vehicles, which can be driven by drivers with beginners’ licenses in many European countries, since 2013.
“With the combination of modern technology and the 50s-inspired cult design, Artega is providing a new lifestyle vehicle. The Karolino is affordable, has zero emissions and is manufactured in a climate-neutral manner. As such, it is a perfect fit for the modern and sustainable lifestyles of many young and young-at-heart urban residents,” says Frers. “We do not see the Karolino as competition for the full-scale electric cars from the major automotive manufacturers. Rather, we consider ‘the Autochen’ to be the answer to the need for affordable, green and sustainable mobility. Due to European emissions laws, many existing beginner cars are becoming less attractive in terms of price. Karolino is the alternative.”
The four different trim levels of the Karolino will make their first major appearance at the International Motor Show Germany (IAA) in Frankfurt in September. A vehicle configurator will then show how the car can be individualized with fresh colors, an attractive interior design and optional extras. The Karolino will then be exclusively available for purchase at the Artega brand center in Delbrück after a test drive, where the vehicle pickup will also include a factory tour. This makes it possible to experience “Made in Germany” quality in person. Test drives and purchases will also be possible at any of the planned regional centers in major German cities, which are currently being established by Artega in cooperation with existing car dealers. These will also serve to guarantee the availability of on-site service.
Artega will be providing interested potential customers with information on the complete offering and the ordering process in the coming weeks.
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