Mullen Automotive has unveiled their ‘new’ I-GO, which is essentially a Chinese EV that takes some cues from the Smart ForFour.
According to the company, they have secured the “exclusive sales, distribution, and branding rights” to the model, which is fully homologated and certified for sale in select European markets.
Mullen didn’t say much about the car’s origins, but noted they “seized the opportunity to extend its branding and marketing reach” to Europe through a partnership with the manufacturers of the I-GO.
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Mullen bills the model as a last-mile delivery vehicle, which features a 16.5 kWh battery pack that provides approximately 124 miles (200 km) of range in the New European Driving Cycle. The battery powers a 46 hp (34 kW / 46 PS) electric motor and this enables the EV to hit a top speed of 62 mph (100 km/h).
The Mullen I-GO is slated to be offered in Spain, France, Germany, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. The first models are scheduled to arrive in Germany this December, and the company said pricing will start at “$11,999 plus VAT and local transportation.” At current exchange rates, that suggests the EV will begin at £10,628 in the UK and around €12,154 in EU countries.
In a statement, Mullen CEO David Michery said “securing the exclusive sales, distribution, and branding rights in major European countries for a ready-to-market electric commercial delivery vehicle is a huge win.” He addded, Mullen plans on “licensing its rights to established dealerships in these desirable European markets.”
That being said, Mullen doesn’t have the best track record with slapping their name on Chinese vehicles. In 2018, the company announced plans to bring the Qiantu K50 stateside and call it the Dragonfly.
The company’s website insists the vehicle is “coming soon,” but Hindenburg Research has previously reported Mullen “defaulted on its payment obligations to Qiantu” following the car’s unveiling and this lead to the termination of their agreement in October of 2019. The firm, which can be credited with bringing down Nikola founder Trevor Milton, also noted that Qiantu alleged the continued marketing of the Dragonfly was “an inexcusable misuse of Qiantu’s own intellectual property.”