I've been the proud owner of a Kewet CityJet 5 since August 1999. Even though it sometimes has been a mixed blessing, my total impression of this little car is positive: It's fun to drive - especially in the city - a bit less fun on the highway - and attracts attention everywhere. Sometimes too much as when you're parking it in narrow spaces backing up against the curb. The small size makes it the ideal car for shopping.
Fours years ago I wrote that "..these pages contain
most of my experiences and the knowledge I have gathered during these
two and a half years and 25000 km of ownership."
These days in
August 2006 I can celebrate 7 years as Kewet owner. We are close to 85000 km and still going strong on
the same set of NiCads that was
installed in November 2000.
The same can be said about the brand as Elbil
Norge A/S is turning out more cars than ever before.
The Kewet started its
history in Denmark around 1988 when the danish industrialist Knud
Erik Westergaard (who had been quite successful with his KEW
power cleaners and industrial washing machines) sold out to start
designing a small affordable electric car. The first Kewet rolled out
of the production line in Hadsund, Denmark early 1991. Since then about
800 Kewets of different models - all look
the same - were produced in Hadsund. A larger production line was
created in Nordhausen in former eastern Germany in 1995. About 200 cars
were produced (my is one of them - 1997) before the production line was
closed. Problems with the German authorities and the lack of market for
the car caused the two companies "Kewet Industri" and "Kewet Sales" to
file for bankruptcy in 1998. Another company "Kewet International" was
created to move the production back to Hadsund. This never happened
which made the Norwegian reseller Kollega Bil A/S, now "Elbil Norge A/S", to buy the
production line, the remaining stock of parts,
as well as the rights to the "Kewet" brand the autumn 1998.
|Sold - but still for sale!
was recently replaced by an Peugeot 106 Eletrique and is was sold in
early june. As far as I know, the new owner won't keep it, so please let me know if you know about a nice familly that can take
good care of him.
Updated: 29. August 2007