The Carver was invented in the nineties but production came to a halt when Asian suppliers stopped supplying essential parts. This time around, things might look a little different. Component production and pre-assembly takes place in China, Taiwan and South Korea. End-assembly has started up in Leeuwarden in the North of the Netherlands.
The Carver is back, for the moment in the less-ambitious shape of an e-scooter, with a max. speed of 45 kmh, as to avoid having to register it as a car and bring down the price (8,000 euro). Battery 5.4 kWh, range 100 km. With an average Dutch daily commuting distance of 34 km, that would be 3 commutes per battery charge and with 200 working days per year and thus 6800 commuting kilometers, the total average commuting energy footprint would be 368 kWh/year. That amount of energy could be generated with slightly more than a single solar panel on a roof in the grey and rainy Netherlands.
[carver.earth] – Company site
[wikipedia.org] – Carver (automotive company)
The gasoline Carver, presented in British car show “Top Gear” in 2011.