The Italian company DR Automobiles, known for selling suitably rebranded cars of Chinese origin in Europe, launched its low-cost firm, EVO, in 2020. Now, the company will seek to replicate this model with the launch of a third brand: Sportequipe, in this case with a more sporty focus.
The initial Sportequipe range will consist of five models, the S1, S5, S6, S7, and SK. Although they will all share a relatively affordable approach and rich standard equipment, they will be quite different from each other: while the S1 is presented as a diminutive electric city car, the SK will be an all-wheel-drive pick-up. The S5, S6, and S7 will have SUV bodywork.
The S1 is the only zero-emission model in the lineup. At 3.2 meters long, this three-door derived from the Chery EQ1 falls within the A-segment. It is equipped with a 61 CV (45 kW) and 150 Nm engine coupled to the front axle, thanks to which it announces a top speed electronically limited to 120km/h.
Its 31 kWh battery pack provides a range of 250 km. It can charge at a maximum of 6 kW in alternating current and 50 kW in direct current, taking half an hour to recover 80% of its range. Therefore, it is a fairly competitive proposal within its category.
Sportequipe is the sports brand of DR Automobiles
As standard, it will incorporate an infotainment system associated with a touch screen, air conditioning, and alloy wheels. Its price could be around 20,000 euros, although it is not clear if this figure is achieved including the corresponding state aid or not (most likely yes, since it is a more expensive brand than DR Automobiles).
Among its rivals will be the Dacia Spring, the FIAT 500 in its access versions, the Renault Twingo E-TECH Electric, the SEAT Mii electric, and the Volkswagen e-up! Although the Sportequipe S1 will be shorter than all of them, it will have the same four seats; In return, it is to be expected that its trunk will be much smaller.