The shapeshifting two-seater – which is narrower than most quad bikes – will reportedly join local traffic later this year.
A new electric micro truck – known as the Goupil G4 – has gained government approval for use on Australian roads and will go on sale later this year, parent company Polaris has told Drive.
Two variants of the French-built two-seater will be initially offered: a short-wheelbase model known as the ‘M’ (measuring 3600mm nose-to-tail), and a long-wheelbase version known as the ‘L’ (4150mm nose-to-tail). In both specifications the vehicle is just 1200mm wide, making it narrower than many quad bikes.
Up to 30 factory-built modular attachments are compatible with the steel body-on-frame chassis, allowing it to take the form of a waste collection vehicle, portable refrigerator, pick-up truck, box van, or water pressure cleaning vehicle.
A single electric motor mounted on the rear axle sends 16.5kW/81Nm to the road via a single-speed transmission, pushing the vehicle to a modest top speed of just 49km/h.
Three lithium-ion battery pack sizes – 7kWh, 9kWh, and 14kWh – will be offered locally, with the lattermost permitting a maximum claimed driving range of 135km.
When configured with a a tray and tow bar, Polaris – which also builds Indian motorcycles, Ski Doo snowmobiles, and Ranger all-terrain vehicles – claims the G4 can tow up to 1400kg, while carrying up to 2100kg in the tray behind the driver.
A spokesperson for the distributor in Australia was unable to confirm pricing, however Drive understands the brand is targeting an entry-level figure of approximately $45,000 before on-road costs.
For reference, the cheapest road-registrable four-wheeled electric vehicles officially on sale locally is the MG ZS EV, which starts from $44,990 drive-away (albeit with five seats and 600 per cent more power).
The first examples of the Goupil G4 are slated for arrival in December 2021, however shipping delays could see the date pushed back into early 2022.
Fellow Polaris subsidiary and electric vehicle maker Gem is also in the pipeline for local distribution, however – unlike Goupil – its vehicles will not be road-registrable Down Under.
William Davis has written for Drive since July 2020, covering news and current affairs in the automotive industry. He has maintained a primary focus on industry trends, autonomous technology, electric vehicle regulations, and local environmental policy. As the newest addition to the Drive team, William was brought onboard for his attention to detail, writing skills, and strong work ethic. Despite writing for a diverse range of outlets – including the Australian Financial Review, Robb Report, and Property Observer – since completing his media degree at Macquarie University, William has always had a passion for cars.