El-Trans AS automobiles Randers Denmark from 1987 to 1995
El-Trans AS was a Danish manufacturer of automobiles .The brand name was initially Mini-El , later City-El
The company from Randers began in 1987 under the direction of Steen V. Jensen with the production of automobiles. In 1995 the production ended in Denmark. CityCom Elektromobile GmbH from Aub took over the production facilities. It was later from the Smiles AG .
The only model was the Mini-El The vehicle is for one person, seated centrally , later renamed City-El . This was a small microcar with electric motor and weighs only 280 Kilogram.The Danish company El-Trans AS from Randers developed the vehicle and brought it in 1987 under the brand name Mini-El on the market. Later it was renamed CityEL. After the developer company had to give up production in June 1991, it was taken over by a German investor and relocated the company headquarters in the Franconian Aub . Since the first launch as a closed Basic version, there have been numerous technical improvements, which particularly concerned the drive and the battery and the charging system. In 2012, the manufacturer reported Smiles AGBankruptcy and was taken over by the Ellert Rent GmbH, which continued the production and the service under the new / old name CITYCOM GmbH, until in March 2014, the Krabatt UG took over the facilities and rights.
The CityEL is a three-wheeled light vehicle with electric drive for one person, which can also be driven as a convertible .
The CityEL is approved as a passenger car for road traffic (57-km / h or 63-km / h version), but can also be approved as a light motor vehicle in speed-reduced form and with insurance license and driving license class S or AM are moved (45-km / h version).
Current manufacturer of the CityEL is the Krabatt UG .
The CityEL has a disk motor Perm PMG-132 (maximum speed 63 km / h). Depending on the distance and condition of the lead-fleece batteries, the CityEL can achieve up to 50 km range with one battery charge. Since the beginning of 2009, a lithium-ion battery with battery management system is available, which allows ranges of about 100 km and is much lighter (the lithium system weighs about 45 kg, the lead-fleece system about 120 kg, the CityEL without batteries weighs approx. 160 kg, the permissible total weight is 400 kg).
Depending on the model, the energy consumption is between 3.5 and 9 kWh / 100 km. By comparison, one liter of gasoline contains 8.9 kWh. Correspondingly, the consumption of a CityEL would be between about 0.4 and 1 liter of gasoline per 100 km. The CO 2 emissions of the CityEL during operation are 0 g / km ( tank-to-wheel ).The CityEL offers a trunk volume of approx. 300 l.
The background to this vehicle concept is that the majority of journeys with only a few passengers take place over short distances (on average approx. 60 km per person per day). As a light vehicle Cityel is taken into account both in the production and in operation on low resource consumption . The electric motor is more economical in the stop-and-go traffic of city centers than an internal combustion engine .
The chassis of the CityEL consists of a double-walled plastic tub, which is filled with a special material to cushion a possible impact. The thus about 15 cm thick vehicle pan dampens the impact energy in an accident. Then the vehicle is pushed by its light weight to the side. After a crash test with the CityEL, the ADAC confirmed that the safety of CityEL is comparable to conventional small cars.