Asked why Mobilize opted for a 2+1 three-wheel design, rather than a conventional two-wheel arrangement, Lecharpy said: “We want to be as inclusive as possible, and two wheels isn’t for everyone.”
It is closed off on only one side to save weight and steers from the rear to minimise the turning circle. Mobilize also claims the Solo will be capable of wireless charging but has yet to give any numbers detailing its range or top-up times.
Charging hubs will play a fundamental role in supporting users of Mobilize EVs while introducing the brand to customers of other marques.
By mid-2024, Mobilize will activate 200 self-branded fast-charging hubs at Renault dealerships across France, Belgium, Italy and Spain, before expanding into other European markets, including the UK. There will be six 100kW chargers per station, which will each be sited less than five minutes from a motorway, be open 24/7 and provide a lounge-style waiting area. Repurposed batteries from end-of-life EVs will be on hand to provide additional energy storage, to keep charging speeds consistent at busy times, while integrated solar panels will contribute to the supply to reduce strain on the grid during peak hours.
Crucially, the chargers will be compatible with all EVs, rather than just those from the Renault Group, although the firm has hinted that brand users will have access to cheaper rates.