Quiet Car Company offer a
battery-electric conversion of the Chinese Hafei Lobo five-door
hatchback, an attractive small car designed by Italian styling house
Pininfarina. Priced at £12,995, the Quiet Car 2 has Lithium batteries
offering a range of around 65 miles on a full, five-hour charge.
Performance is strictly ‘urban’ – top speed is only 50mph. But running
costs are low – QCC claims 100 miles of driving will add just £1 to your
household electricity bill.
The conversion sees the car’s engine
replaced by a battery pack under the bonnet, with a rear-mounted
electric motor driving the rear wheels. Much of the electric drivetrain
equipment is fitted under the rear seats. QCC is taking orders for the