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Fox e-mobility is a German public company that’s developing, producing and marketing European-built electric vehicles. Its first model, called the MIA 2.0, will be developed and offered in two variants – cargo and passenger.

Auto Futures has been talking to Philippe Perret, fox e-mobility’s CEO.

“Focussed on the entry-level segment, it is the relaunch of a former French concept that was producing a first product version ten years ago and, back then, was ahead of its time. Now the company is well on its way for start of production of the new MIA, which is planned for 2024,” says Perret.

The original version of the MIA was launched back in 2012, and was designed by the renowned former head designer of Volkswagen and Mercedes Benz, Murat Günak. The interior and exterior of the new MIA 2.0 have also been created under Günak’s leadership.

“MIA is a fully electric micro van with state-of-the art technology, quality, design and assistance features. With a length of only 3,2 meters and a width of 1,7 meters it is small on the outside, but large on the inside, offering a load volume of 1500 liters. Thus, the first variants to be offered will be the one-seater cargo version for delivery services and the three seater passenger car,” he explains.

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The battery reach is 225 km, or more than 400 km with an optional additional battery.

What sets the MIA apart from other EVs is its driver position. In both variants, it is centrally located in the front of the vehicle.

“The central seating position has several advantages, beginning with the excellent overview it offers the driver in any driving condition. Furthermore, it increases the legroom and thus the comfort for both the driver and, regarding the passenger version, the persons in the back row.

“This concept is also the structural base for the very effective size-to-room quota
the MIA has.”

MIA’s main customer target group is logistics and delivery service companies, especially those for inner cities and the last mile.

The second major target group is the private owner in extended urban areas.

“After producing the first prototypes in 2022, start of production and sales will be in 2024,” says Perret.

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“Digitalisation, interactivity and automisation of mobility will increase simultaneously.”

In 2021, fox e-mobility announced a partnership with InoBat Auto, a manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries based in Slovakia, to develop complete battery systems for the MIA 2.0. This cooperation will help ensure long-term battery supply for its next generation of compact cars based on lithium-ion technology.

InoBat Auto CEO, Marian Bocek, states: “Our cooperation with fox e-mobility AG marks another important milestone in InoBat’s aim to support Europe-based value chain and technological independence. Thanks to our proprietary R&D, we are well-positioned to provide appropriate resources and expertise to fox e-mobility to secure development and supply of premium customized battery cells technology for the coming generation of e-cars.”

Perret adds: “The agreement includes an extensive collaboration about development, production, and battery design. The cooperation also includes the delivery of an integrated battery solution that includes cells, modules and complete battery sets. In addition, the two companies intend to work together in the areas of research, development of battery management systems and heat management based on newest lithium-ion technology cells, considering worldwide (e.g. European, Asian) regulations and standards.”

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Future-Proofing The MIA

The MIA 2.0 is built on fox e-mobility’s own ‘Skateboard’ platform, which is an open technology and allows for several variants of the MIA product family such as shorter or longer models for three or four passengers. It has its own software ecosystem that can be updated online (‘over the air’) and communicate with other services.

It already features Level 2+ for autonomous driving. Levels 3 and 4 are prepared in the architecture.

Dr. Christian Jung, CTO of fox e-mobility, explains: “With the new skateboard, we have an innovative modular concept that competes excellently in terms of costs, performance, technology and market flexibility.”

Finally we asked Perret what urban mobility in Europe look like by 2030.

“Especially in the large metropolitan areas, urban mobility will certainly continue to be a
mixture of individual and public mobility, while showing an ever-increasing proportion of
zero-emission transportation offers. In addition, the digitalisation, interactivity and
automisation of mobility will increase simultaneously,” he predicts.

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