Ask the representatives at the Belumbury booth at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and they won’t tell you how much the Dany quadricycle – available in both electric and gasoline versions – actually costs. Instead, they say that if you option the heck out of this little car, you won’t spend any more than 30,000 euros. Think of it as an ending price.
Each Dany is made in Italy – Belumbury is based in Rome – and made specifically for each customer, with seat materials, body colors and stereo options all up for debate. The idea, the same secretive Belumbury rep told us, is to attract affluent customers who are looking for something entirely customizable. Or, at least, customers who are interested not so much in getting a full-fledged car, but a four-wheeled motorcycle (effectively) that only requires an A1 driver’s license in Europe. That’s the kind that 16-year-olds can get (17 in the UK), two years before a “normal” driver’s license is available. This designation comes with restrictions, namely that both the electric and gasoline Dany models can only go 90 kilometers an hour (56 miles per hour). The Lallo concept (inset), designed for going-to-the-beach duty, doesn’t even have doors.
Despite these factors, Belumbury has sold around 100 Dany vehicles in the year since it went on sale, we were told. The Dany was introduced in 2011 at the Milan International Motorcycle Show, fitting with the quadricycle’s non-car roots. Powered by a 16.3-kWh lithium-iron phosphate (LiFePO4) battery and a 10-kW AC motor, the EV can drive for 150 kilometers (93 miles) at “urban speed” and over 180 km (112 miles) at “extraurban speed” and in Eco Mode. With the gas model, the Dany gets 61 miles per gallon on the European test cycle.