The Akcurate company from the district of Goettingen is involved in the development of electric vehicles: the Evetta model as a modern counterpart to the classic BMW Isetta.
Rosdorf – ElectricBrands AG from Itzehoe relies on small, light and affordable electric vehicles for city traffic. Akcurate GmbH from Rosdorf supplies the necessary machines for production, but also a small series of vehicles Göttingen here, as reported by hna.de.
The CEO of Akcurate, Andreas Kirsch, has announced that the production of ElectricBrands vehicles will be more compact than usual in the automotive industry and with a high level of vertical integration. A qualified engineer, who worked in a management position at Volkswagen for ten years, plans ElectricBrands production lines. Then they can be created anywhere in the world – even in regions where cars have never been built and there are no suppliers.
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“I can bring the entire knowledge of my group of companies to the partnership with ElectricBrand,” explains Kirsch. His company Akcurate, founded in 2008, designed and produced 50-ton weighing systems for VW media outlets, but also systems for the Sartorius filtration division.
Kirsch CIMT supplies the dental industry with fast and powerful CNC milling machines for the production of dental prostheses. “But the same technology can also be used to make pipes,” says the managing director. He also runs a machining center that acts as a service provider for other companies.
This breadth makes the Kirsch Group attractive to ElectricBrands. Holding has focused its progress on the Rosdorf site. Last year, 50 Akcurate colleagues moved into a new 6,000 square meter building at Siekweg 12, which cost twelve million euros.
The company Akcurate GmbH from the district of Göttingen is responsible for the development of Evetta
At the core of ElectricBrands is XBUS GmbH, which car dealer Ralf Haller founded in 2018. The dealer was upset that major manufacturers are relying on large electric cars. You need a relatively heavy battery. In Haller’s view, this is not ecology. He relies on lightweight construction and hopes that in “three to five years” the solid-state battery will replace the non-sustainable lithium battery.
The XBUS, which should be launched in early 2024, will be available as a motorcycle and vehicle with a payload of around 650 kg and as a camper. ElectricBrands also intends to manufacture Evetta brand vehicles from next summer.
Delbrücker Artega GmbH came up with an example of the legendary Isetta shot from the 1950s. At the same time, it has been taken over by the holding company. As in the original, the door of the retro version opens with the steering wheel facing forward. Evetta will also be available as a convertible and as a transporter.
E-scooters, e-mopeds and e-motorcycles complete the ElectricBrands range. “The number of employees in the company group should increase to 300 people by the end of the year,” declares founder Haller. Cars are made to order. The group has already secured a total of 800 dealers as sales partners. (Michael Caspar)
Personal and interesting facts about the BMW Isetta – the story of Isar
Anyone who has ever sat in a BMW Isetta or even been allowed to drive one has taken this smoothness into their heart – and never let it go. Entry from the front and a steering wheel connected to the front door and thus automatically folding allowed even our 140kg village policeman to sit comfortably. The smooch ball then fell to his knees in no time.
As a child, the Isetta built under license by BMW – it came from the Italian manufacturer Rivolta and was called “Iseo Isetta” – reminded me of the mouth of a whale shark. Once it started, it roared like a powerful scooter. In turn, the rear view resembled this, especially when the luggage rack was connected to the narrow buttocks. Then there was the chance of a jacket. After all!
Acceleration and handling were amazing: Isetta – with 12, 13, full hp of 12, 13, later 19, delivered from 250 to 600 cubic centimeters – ran faster than expected – , above 90. No wonder, despite the chubby front, it was lightweight and weighed less than 400 kg. It was available from 2,500 Deutschmarks and helped BMW out of financial trouble with 160,000 units sold by 1962. It is still the most successful single-cylinder car to date.
Today, the Isetta is popular among classic car enthusiasts, and costs more than 30,000 euros to restore. At public meetings, he easily puts a smile on the faces of the audience as he passes by. But I have to smile, also because I’m thinking of the village sheriff as he gracefully enters – or rather: allows himself to enter. (Thomas Copytz)