A Chinese EV Company Copies The Iconic Isetta Bubble Car
Some Chinese car manufacturers have drawn flak over the years for imitating some of the newest foreign cars’ designs. The said imitations have ranged from ugly to uninspired, and the latest design copying efforts have been too obvious not to notice. The only difference is how quick these car makers replicate, pushing some Western car manufacturers to make stringent and strict measures to keep new cars under the wraps, fearing a copycat might come as they sell the original work.
But a recent electric car that was introduced in China has chosen to imitate a widely popular car. The car dubbed as Eagle EG6330K is an imitation of the BMW 600 offshoot of the Italian Isetta.
The said vehicle is a four-wheel, four-door bubble car which gets its power from a 5-hp electric motor with a 72kWh lead-acid battery, that can reach a range of 87 miles when fully charged. This means it can only reach top speeds of 37 mph, making it a lot sluggish than the Isetta.
Why doesn't BMW create an electric version of this car? For starters, the hoodless layout is something that doesn’t match crash safety standards. Furthermore, its commercial appeal will decline given the fact it is slow. There’s also the issue of size, since a decent electric car needs space for the battery to reach decent distances.
If it had more speed and range, then it would be a tolerable replication. Other than that, it’s just ghastly.