What is the country Croatia famous for? Certainly not cars. But it might soon join the list of countries that have a native car brand. Dok-Ing is a company that produces stuff like de-mining robot vehicles used by the US army in the Iraq and Afghan wars. Now they are aiming to get into the electric car business.
The Dok-Ing XD was displayed at the 2010 Geneva show earlier this year. It’s a small and cute 3-seater (McLaren F1 style) that looks rather like a Mitsubishi i and a Toyota iQ blended together. The name XD has rather peculiar origins. X comes from the shape of the car’s tail lamps (kinda looks like a plaster) while D is the initial of the company’s name.
It is only 2.8 meters long, with an interior height and width of 1.6 meters by 1.7 meters respectively. The 80kW (106hp) EV motor with 360Nm of torque takes it from 0 to 100km/h in 7.7 seconds which is actually rather fast for these city vehicle type of EVs which normally clock in at over 10 seconds. Anything below 8 seconds starts to feel quite sporty.
The lithium-iron-phosphate battery can be charged up to 80% in 6 hours on 230V power. Taking it up to 100% capacity will add another 2 hours. Maximum range is estimated at between 200 to 250km. There is certainly some awareness on vehicle safety as Dok-Ing says the two passenger seats are fully equipped with ISOFIX points. The car also has what Dok-Ing calls “360 degree” airbags – I’m just going to assume there are a few that cover enough angles.
“Ever since I was young I had this idea, to produce a car. Now I realised we have the know-how and we did it. I wasn’t motivated by profit, it was more like a game, to prove I can actually do it,” Dok-Ing’s owner Vjekoslav Majetic told Reuters. The initial costs are around 30,000 euros due to battery costs and etc but the company is hoping that once in mass production, the car can be priced at less than 20,000 euros.
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