This boomerang-shaped urban mobility vehicle fairs well for rough adventures too

The vehicles we’ll see on the roads in a decade’s time will be radically different from what we have at present. Design language will change a lot, as hinted by the concepts and prototypes put together by big names and budding automotive designers.

The focus definitely will be on personal mobility in the most sustainable manner possible. Compact vehicles that will trade off the greatest of luxuries for a more sensible method of commuting will be the norm. This boomerang-shaped two-seater vehicle with multiple use-case scenarios is different from what we’ve seen so far. Even in the automotive landscape dominated by some really bizarre vehicle concepts.

Designer: Artem Smirnov

Christened PIX-L7, the vehicle should be electric motor powered given we’re talking about a future-forward design. The buggy influence is very much evident here with panning fog lights on the front and guard rails over the course of the top body which speaks about the ability to go off-roading when needed. During the normal course, the EV can be a travel buddy for two or used for short hauls of cargo delivery given the ability to convert into a load carrier. The latter is achieved with the different modules that give the owners freedom to carry a bicycle, sensitive cargo, or simply luggage for the next couple trip to the rockies.

The concept car looks quite tough while retaining a very cheeky element of modern that you’ll appreciate. The dimensions look apt for tight urban spaces and the respectable ride height is reassurance for short out-of-city adventures. The peculiar V-shaped body leaves room for ample cargo in the back when the delivery module is attached. The off-roading avatar of the PIX-L7 is what I’m rooting for here owing to the possibility of taking this ride for an adventure unknown. Just look at that cool shape evoked by the bull bars and the shovel on the front!

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Top 10 electric vehicles of July 2022

In a world where sustainability is running on everyone’s mind, and the consumption of fossil fuels is quite literally looked down upon – Electric vehicles have been slowly and steadily taking over the world! Electric vehicles ditch the age-old fossil fuels and instead run on large traction battery packs which are in turn powered via charging equipment. They may not run on engines, but they still manage to be sleek, swift, and powerful. And, we’ve curated a collection of EV designs that we felt were the best of the lot! From an electric train with a transparent panoramic roof to a MUJI x Honda electric bike – these innovative and groundbreaking automotives promise to be the future of urban commute and automobiles!

1. The Muji Honda MS01 electric bike

Meet the Muji Honda MS01 electric bike inspired by the MUJI H-Type bicycle. The black and white theme on this one is a testament to the MUJI’s mellowed-down styling – in fact, the company’s artistic director Kenya Hara did most of the design bit of the bike himself. All the equipment and power of the MS01 come from the house of Honda. It is a very balanced collaboration, resulting in this minimalist two-wheeler ideal for city rides and beyond.

2. The Citroën La 2 Deuche Concept

Dubbed the Citroën La 2 Deuche Concept, this cheeky mini car has a sense of airiness to it. Retro DNA of the vehicle is visible in the section over the wheels, the headlights, and the accordion-like retracting rooftop which turns it into a convertible. According to Jean the styling is picked from the simple lines and silhouette of the inspiration – particularly the Charleston version. The rest of it has the more modern profiling – especially the side profile and rear. Those taillights and the wheels do give off the futuristic vibe, and as far as the exterior goes, it ends there.

3. WAYRA EV-03

WAYRA EV-03 is a bike high on personality, created keeping in mind the heritage of fat-bikes and cruiser-length bikes, while also having those minimal eye-catchy modern touches to create visual appeal. The presence of café racer aesthetics can also not be denied owing to the low-slung rider positioning. The element of drag racing is evident courtesy of the stretched rear, but the high ride height gives off that dirt bike racer vibe too.

4. AIRSCP

This electric train comes with a two-tiered seating system, offering the ability to carry more passengers per trip. The AIRSCP’s design, however, isn’t like your average train. It comes with a sprawling cockpit for the driver, complete with a wide windshield and a display on the top that lets people know where the train’s headed. People enter the train through doors on the sides and can either be seated on the lower tier or head to the upper tier for a more immersive experience.

5. The GYMO-FIT

This concept bike doubles as a two-wheeler at least and doesn’t sit in a lonely corner in your living room, in case you give up on your fitness regime. It’s a combination of an electric bike with aerobic and anaerobic fitness equipment. GYMO has three different modes when parked sturdily on the stand. It has the obvious exercise bike mode for strengthening the leg muscle group, rowing machine mode for working out the back and shoulder muscles, and the abdominal exerciser for strengthening the core.

6. DeLorean E

This concept rendering by transportation designer Onkar H takes a dig at what a DeLorean of the future will be like. Of course, it has to be electric to stand a chance of longevity in the closely contested automotive market that’s going through a metamorphosis for an electric vehicle-dominated near future. An electric DeLorean E powered by 4 high-performance motors and a mid-mounted battery pack is what the passionate fans will take with both hands. After all, it kills two birds with one stone – owning a classic piece of history that doesn’t sound alienated in the EV landscape.

7. The GRAVITY electric bicycle

Most electric bikes and hybrids use a motor to either drive the bicycle’s gears or at the very least assist the biker’s pedaling. Unlike motorcycles, these run on electricity and not fuel, so their carbon emissions are reduced although still present. In addition to the power bill, however, you are also paying for the cost of the weight of the batteries and motor, even when you’re just using your feet to drive the vehicle. In contrast, the GRAVITY electric bicycle design concept lets you have the best of both worlds, and riders can easily switch between two modes whenever they need or feel like it.

8. The Zeva Zero

The Zeva Zero definitely looks more like a flying saucer than a flying car, even if the goals and some of the technologies are similar to other attempts at making personal transport vehicles that traverse the skies to avoid earth-bound traffic. For one, it utilizes vertical take-off and landing, a.k.a. VTOL, more similar to a helicopter than an airplane. On the one hand, this has the benefit of saving parking space, so to speak, because the flying saucer launches and lands in an upright position, contrary to what you’d expect from a flying disc. This even has the advantage of allowing the Zeva Zero to “dock” vertical against walls of buildings with a system that the startup calls the SkyDock.

9. The EQUULEUS electric mountain patrol bike

Rethinking how a mountain patrol motorbike ought to be, the EQUULEUS electric mountain patrol bike beckons to the future of crime-fighting. This two-wheeler concept is built keeping in mind the riding safety and ample space to keep all the essential tools and equipment. In turn, the forest rangers can patrol inhospitable regions with utmost confidence and freedom to take all the essentials along. Even better, the storage modules loaded in the different sections of the bike are completely detachable, so, the rider can tag along tools in the most organized manner possible.

10. The Popup Scooter

Christened the Popup Scooter, the two-wheeled electric bicycle transforms into a chick kick scooter and the other way around. This gives the rider (and his/her family and buddies) the option to choose the configuration depending on the particular needs. The smooth transformation happens courtesy of the hydraulic cylinder which in normal bicycles is used to adjust the ride height. This hydraulic mechanism is capable enough to lift an adult person, so, lifting and lowering the ride’s body shouldn’t be a problem at all. At the core level, the concept is not just another blueprint that looks good on paper but falls flat on its face when it comes to creating the actual prototype or even a production model.

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This performance-centric electric motorbike is a café racer, cruiser bike and dragster all-in-one

We’ve seen a number of concept bikes featuring outlandish designs – some are genuinely cool while others are penned just for the sake of it. The WAYRA EV-03 electric cruiser motorcycle is a 100 percent no gimmick concept that’ll please every kind of rider – be it a cruiser enthusiast, performance lover or off-roading fanatic.

Keeping in mind the transition towards a cleaner future for vehicles, the rugged yet elegant-looking motorcycle is inspired by the perfect blend of nostalgic memories, definitive styles and the cult favorite tendencies ignited by great brands. Things like the overall frame construction, shape of the powerful engines or the length of the exhaust pipe.

Designer: Pablo Baranoff Dorn

WAYRA EV-03 is a bike high on personality, created keeping in mind the heritage of fat-bikes and cruiser-length bikes, while also having those minimal eye-catchy modern touches to create visual appeal. The presence of café racer aesthetics can also not be denied owing to the low-slung rider positioning. The element of drag racing is evident courtesy of the stretched rear, but the high ride height gives off that dirt bike racer vibe too. The designer drapes the ride in red and silver over the black matte, with an intent to avoid decals for gimmicky looks. The curved body embraces the tank, and the lines that follow the shape are colored – thereby everything centers on the logo and what lays below the tank.

Keeping in with the fusion of retro and modern, the bike gets an onboard display that has a retro digital typeface and interactive screen with the GPS map. The app on your phone mirrors onto the bike display so that everything stays in sync when you have a busy lifestyle. Since we are talking of a cleaner future, the cocktail bike has an optimized battery pack that keeps all your gadgets charged without compromising the bike’s performance or economy.

The fog lights are placed low and get a ring of LEDs with a diffuse area so as to prevent blindness for oncoming drivers. The focused light from the headlights is dispersed so that oncoming traffic sees it as a bigger lit shape coming towards you rather than an irksome light source.

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This retro modern pedal-assisted utility bike for city riders who value practicality

Everyone has their eyes lit up wide at the sight of a cool bike that is an instant heartthrob.  The muscular build, powerful innards and the eye candy paintjobs, those sexy two-wheelers are blessed with. But, ultimately we all need that reliable city commuter to get us through chalk and cheese of the buy lifestyle.

The DIDI Bike is the perfect example of a solo commuter that’s nimble enough to take on the snaking roads, and easy enough to park in crowded city streets. This two wheeler is more or less built for those quick trips to the supermarket for picking up groceries or enjoy the solo rides on a moonlit night.

Designer: 鲁 艺聪 (Lu Yicong)

An electric scooter at heart, it is pedal-powered for most part keeping the eco-conscious lot in mind. On flat terrain the DIDI Bike is better off assisted with the power of legs – that ways fitness is also taken care of. For roads with slight degree of elevation, the scooter’s electric motor kicks-in to save you from all the hard work. A front carrier is a nod to the classic utility two-wheelers native to the Asian continent.

Adding a modern touch to the classic utility bikes seen on the Chinese streets, the designer incorporates LED headlights, sleek taillights and a display for all the vital details. Things like battery level, current speed and important notifications from mobile devices. The dual toned finish in sea green and grey or the cool white and light grey adds contrasting look for a sober yet uber cool character.

There are not much details about the technical specifications to judge the bike’s capabilities, but it should be good enough for normal city commutes, I assume. A nice blend of classic and modern is what makes this one special.

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Hyundai Ioniq 6 EV is a personal mobile studio on four wheels for content creators

Hyundai has just taken the drapes off of its next-generation Ioniq 6 electrified sedan, and after our exploits with the Ioniq 5, we can’t wait to get our hands on this baby when it finally hits the road. At the premiere event during the Busan International Motor Show in South Korea – SangYup Lee, EVP and design head – Hyundai described the car as a “personal mobile studio” and for good reason.

The Ioniq 6’s dreamy digital world premiere video takes one on a ride into the future where the lines between the virtual and real world are blurred, opening up the possibility for flexible lifestyle and awakening skills. The sedan will be directly pitted against the Tesla Model 3, and joins the line-up of electric vehicles under the Ioniq sub-brand. The EV shares its automotive components with the boxier Ioniq 5, and gets even more features than the SUV.

Designer: Hyundai 

The four-door electrified streamliner gives you the option to break the monotony of WFH regimes or boring office routines to elevate creativity levels. The electric car is a reliable commuter and a movable compact studio on wheels for work liberation. The 64 different color schemes for the interiors, and to match them are the six pre-loaded themes. These ambient lights can also be customized to go brighter as the car speeds up.

The Porsche-like streamlined silhouette with a cozy cocoon-shaped interior made out of plastic bottles and fishing net material is highlighted by the remote working features including a center with a foldable tabletop console capable of holding a laptop or your vlogging setup. There are two 12-inch screens – one of them being employed for dedicated notes application. To keep the gadgets juiced up, the console has four USB-C ports and one USB-A port. Cabin space on the inside is maximized by slimming down the car seats by 33 percent without compromising on comfort. In the complete lounging mode, the front seats can lean back completely for the odd nap.

Ioniq 6 has a drag coefficient of 0.21 to reduce the power consumption to 14KWh per 100 km. The electrified sedan has an estimated range of 379 miles with a 77.4-kWh battery. When available, the users will also get the option to go for the slightly lesser 53-kWh battery option. The top-of-the-line model of the sedan is capable of going from 0-62.14 mph in just 5.1 seconds flat. The Ioniq 6 sedan will cost more than the $40,925 starting price of the Ionic 5, and will be positioned between the Ionic 5 and the Ioniq 7 SUV slated for the 2024 release.

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This autonomous travel pod boasts minimalistic design + organic social interactions

Lately, we’ve seen a number of mobility concepts that promote lounging and interiors advocating social interaction. The Agora-e mobility concept is yet another future-forward city commuter that lays emphasis on personal social interaction. Envisioned to bring a zero-emission autonomous means of transportation to Hong Kong and the thickly populated suburbs of Southern China, the pod will set the example for sustainable transportation in the other major metropolis as well.

Dubbed Agora E, the electric ride is inspired by the public gathering spaces in Greek cities. The naming convention comes from the word “agora” which means to “gather together.” More like a pod, the autonomous four-wheeled public transport vehicle has an interior that triggers instant conversations and meaningful interactions. There’s a continuous circular seating in green color, wherein the passengers sit facing each other, and the inward space is left open for luggage, wheelchair, or standing passengers.

Designer: Andrea Ponti

For the standing passengers, there’s a circular rail on top of the roof to hold onto for those bumpy rides. Agora E, unlike other similar travel pods – envisioned for future cities – this concept keeps things to the bare minimum. There are no interactive screens or over-the-top inclusions that in practical usage will not make much sense. There’s only one display that shows the current routes in the waypoints to keep passengers updated about their destination, and the real-time weather. There are clear glass doors and a tinted roof to keep the interiors of this travel pod well lit. This makes sense during peak hours of traveling so that passengers don’t feel bogged down or congested.

Cities in the future will undoubtedly be more crowded than ever, so Andrea has kept the design compact – more on the elongated side and with less width. The wheels on the electric commuter are on the smaller side for agility and a shorter turning radius. Agora E will help in breaking the ice for travelers after a long day’s work – that is, if they’re not glued to their smartphones, ignorant about what’s happening in their periphery!

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Audi bestows old e-tron batteries with purposeful second life as refurbished e-rikshaw batteries

Audi has partnered with German-Indian startup Nunam to bring electric rickshaws to the Indian roads courtesy of the automotive giant’s sourced second-life batteries. These batteries will be sourced from the Audi e-tron test vehicles, and will be the perfect example for other EV makers to take a leaf from their book. The Audi Environmental Foundation, Audi AG and Nunam plan to bring three electric rickshaws to the Indian market which is going to boost the employment for women too.

If everything goes to plan the pilot project is going to hit the Indian markets by the early half of 2023. As per Nunam C0-Founder Prodip Chatterjee, typical car batteries have enough power even after their lifecycle, and are fully capable of propelling lower range and power requirement vehicles. He added by saying, “in our second-life project, we reuse batteries from electric cars in electric vehicles; you might call it electric mobility lite.” The focus goal of this project is to create a way for the old batteries to function as second-life power storage systems – thereby making use of resources effectively.

Designer: Audi and Nunam

According to Prodip, the rickshaws are a good point to start as they have an ideal eco-efficiency and are way superior to currently used e-rickshaws in the country. These batteries mostly have lead-acid batteries which don’t have a very good life span. Another silver lining of Audi’s venture is the way these vehicles will be charged. Compared to the public grid which is mostly powered by coal-fired energy, the Nunam’s e-rickshaws employ solar energy for the same task.

The main purpose for the vehicles is going to be intra-city and rural transportation for moderate-weight tasks like ferrying people from one location to the other. For now, the unique concept is going to make an appearance at the 2022 Greentech Festival in Berlin, Germany. Once it lands on the streets of India, the venture will have an impact on the grim air pollution situation in a major metropolis like New Delhi.

Sadly, the autorickshaws currently in operation contribute to the carbon emissions and this emission-free option will loosen the clutches a bit. To make this project a more fruitful adventure, Nunam is sharing its knowledge with industry players to motivate other manufacturers as well.

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Volvo’s edgy electric coupe for urban lifestyle and luxurious commute

Volvo is looking strong for its vision of the electrified future with five more models slated to join the XC40 all-wheel-drive version. As per Ian Flecher, HIS Markit auto analyst, Volvo is on course to go all-electric by the end of 2030. In tune with this vision, a refreshing Volvo EV sedan beckons on the horizon for zero-emission travel.

Created as a weekend project by the designer, this sustainable vehicle design is surprisingly rooted in a telephone doodle inspiration. Of course, the classic Volvo cars from the eighties are the inspirational force for the elongated design. The low ride height suggests its highway driving limits, since it could not possibly be made for off-roading adventures.

Designer: Till Schmitz

The typical electric car aesthetics are apparent in the form of a sharp, edgy design language. The hood of the car has a geometric pattern that gives it a sci-fi appeal and the rear has a typically squarish persona to it. Right from the headlights, side profile to the taillights and the roof carrier all have a definitive geometry to them. The designer has kept the widebody stance of this Volvo very upfront, suggesting its dominating road presence.

Those aerodynamic sidepods and the intimidating presence of the Volvo EV hint at its powerful drivetrain to match the looks. While it’s not clear whether the ride is a four-seater or a bolder two-seater coupe, either way, it seems laden in comfort, luxury and user-centric technology on the inside. The side cut-out for the single doors on either side suggests I take a bet on a two-seater configuration.

Overall Volvo’s blueprint has a balanced feel to it, and all likely to attract automotive design pros in-house as well as from other renowned vehicle manufacturers. Oh yes, not to forget the budding automotive designers who’ll be eying this cool design for their own concept inspirations.

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This electric Tuk-Tuk raises the bar for comfort and luxurious travel in future metropolis

The cute little Tuk-Tuk has been the staple of developing countries in ferrying around people in crowded cities. This three-wheeled cart invented in Thailand, around seven decades ago gets its name from the sound of the small engine propelling it forward. This economically and city feasible means of transportation slowly trickled down to other countries in Asia, and eventually developed countries seemed intrigued by this idea too.

Apart from a few superficial modifications depending on the region where it is used, the good old Tuk-Tuk has retained its age-old magic. The evolution into electric-powered motors has taken precedence, and if you always wanted a more modern, luxe avatar of the three-wheeler, this cool Tuk-Tuk concept fuels the imagination.

Designer: Encho Enchev

An ultra-futuristic version of the Tuk-Tuk that seems to have taken a bold leap astray from its roots. Unlike the traditional versions which are shared rides, this one is for solo travelers and adventure seekers. The rider is cocooned in super comfort on the lounge seat, inside the gull-winged Tuk-Tuk having panoramic glass on all sides to enjoy the outside views. Those big chunky wheels hint at this vehicle’s use as a capable three-wheeler for rough roads or taking a detour from the highway limits.

The Tuk-Tuk when parked opens up like a can of tuna on all sides for that feeling of airiness. The swivel seat can rotate in the left or right direction for daring riders who want to hang off the edge for a breath-taking view of the valley. The rear of the vehicle houses a sleeping area for campers to dwell. It’s more like those pop-top campers built for extended adventures or for people who fancy having a road adventure to a destination unknown.

It’s more like your comfy cocoon that’s operated like a video game racer with the joysticks and push-buttons. While it’s just a digitally penned concept, for now, the idea is unique in its own rights, and could turn out to be a luxe commuter in the coming years.

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This exoskeletal framed off-roader is a potential Mad Max ride for the uncertain future

A lighter but stronger fabricated body framework is where the automotive industry is constantly drifting towards, Afterall we all need efficient EVs that push the limits of range with subtle improvement. All these little changes make a big difference to the overall perceived value of the vehicle. A very important consideration heading into the future dominated by zero-emission vehicles that’ll look radically different from what we are used to seeing.

The dystopian complexion of times we’ll live in a couple of decades from now is not going to be that rosy considering the drastic changes our environment is undergoing, and it is on course to head towards doom. That sounds like a Max Mad-like world, doesn’t it? Deserted city outskirts with priorities changing to basic survival. For such a challenging future this exoskeletal body-framed off-roader is the perfect accomplice. Most of the body weight has been shed to keep the vehicle nimble on not-so-hospitable terrain.

Designer: Maitreya Dhanak

It’s more like a buggy on a strict weight loss regime, and a lean muscular body to prove it right. The well-tuned electric motor drives the rear wheels of this two-seater machine capable of accelerating fast from a standing position to breakneck speeds. Those broad chunky tires with deep treads and the reinforced independent suspension on each wheel signal the off-roader’s ability to take on any surface with ease. The wide stance ensures stability while maneuvering swiftly at respectable speeds. To add a bit of modern touch to the design, there is the panoramic glass roof running all the way back to the rear.

Equip this baby with all those skewed monstrosities we’ve all dreaded in the Mad Max movie, and it’ll be all ready to take on The Interceptor, The Big Foot, The Plymouth Rock, or the mighty War Rig. Agility is definitely going to be the key to survival in such an unpredictable setting. Loaded with crazy weapons, this could be the perfect accomplice for a raged hero out for revenge!

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