I was out and about in Düsseldorf this week when I spotted a rather funky little vehicle parked in the multi-storey car-park on the Carlsplatz.
Now obviously Germans are usually a bit picky about their cars. Brands like Audi, Mercedes, Daimler-Benz, Porsche… all tend to head into the territory which marketers like to call “aspirational.”
So I was a bit flummoxed by the appearance of what looked like a complete Noddy-car in the midst of all the serious looking black prestige vehicles. A three-wheel one-seater, designed to look more like a grasshopper than a limousine.
On closer inspection, all became clear. This was a green car. It runs on electricity rather than fossil fuel. This little chap was docked into the re-charging station, getting its batteries ready for its next trip.
There are a handful of these docking stations scattered around Düsseldorf these days. With petrol prices where they are, maybe we’ll start to see people swapping the Mercedes for one of these little bobby-cars.