This Tesla electric bike’s frame shape-shifts form depending on riding conditions

A Tesla-branded electric bike concept designed to shape-shift the frame according to the rider’s position and the riding condition – ideal for the future of comfortable bike riding.

Tesla has gripped the electric four-wheeler market by the scruff of the neck and it’s only growing stronger with each passing year. The two-wheeler segment is by far untouched by the California-based EV maker. Given the visionary Elon Musk is, getting into the more lucrative two-wheeled electric vehicle market is not a far-fetched dream for him. So, how would a Tesla motorcycle be like? Will it have the same sharp characteristics as the Cybertruck or the flowing design of the Tesla Model 3?

This concept Tesla bike by San Diego-based renowned automotive designer Ash Thorp in close collaboration with Carlos “colorsponge” is pure dope. Ash calls this attention-grabbing set of wheels “THE SOKUDO” (meaning measuring in Japanese), and it is a part of the ongoing M.H.C. Collection by the duo. This being the 14th project in the collection.

The Tesla-themed bike here exudes a very refined persona honed by the custom-made extruded chassis having a battery pack and electric motor which is mated to a compact USD fork and single swing-arm. The lines and angles of this swing arm match the form of the bike frame – lending it a flowing characteristic. THE SOKUDO also has the Ducati DNA in part as the Ash and colorsponge took cues from their own custom Ducati bike build to create the reference point for this two-wheeler. The bike rides on big carbon fiber wheels having disc covers that match the Tesla theme.

According to the designer, both the suspension and the rear control arm move independently for a smooth ride. Further, the futuristic concept has a flexible outer shell that folds and takes shape according to the riding position and the road conditions.

Designer: Ash Thorp and Colorsponge

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BMW Motorrad Concept CE 02 is a skateboard-inspired stylized urban e-bike for Generation Z!




I have a hard time breaking it to the average millennial, but your time is over. The BMW Motorrad Concept CE 02 bike is aimed at the Generation Z crowd and this design encapsulates that futuristic feel in an instant!

With the backing of some exceptional concepts in the past, the German manufacturer is now turning its attention towards stylish electric vehicles, and this one is the perfect beginning. BMW Motorrad has announced the mini-bike ahead of its debut at IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich next week!

Being more than just a mere cool toy, this electric two-wheeler is a futuristic yet simple solution for urban mobility, focusing on city tours to be precise. According to the head of vehicle design, BMW Motorrad, the bike is a skateboard on wheels, developed for anyone who likes to be mobile and independent. The Concept CE 02 has a very minimalist footprint and a low center of gravity – in line with the company’s aspiration to bring a level of design innovation honed by the emotional element, and most of all, the riding fun.

The CE 02 ebike comes with an 11kW belt-driven motor that hurls the two-wheeler to a maximum speed of 56 miles per hour and a range of 90 kilometers on a single charge. According to BMW Group, the bike weighs 265 pounds in total which is lightweight and maneuverable for city riding fun.  The seat on this one is designed to give the rider the freedom to drive it in an upright or leaning forward position. In between the free space between the seat and the frame is space to keep small things secured by elastic bands. Also, the bracket under the batteries stores a skateboard and doubles as a footrest.

To display all the vital telemetry like speed or remaining battery life, the bike has a colored screen on the handlebars. To keep the minimalist theme, BMW Group chooses small black colored headlights having four LED lighting elements for enough illumination during the nighttime.

Among all this, we have to remember, this is still a concept electric bike and when it will actually be commercialized into production is not known yet. If it does, will it look like what we are seeing is also uncertain. Nonetheless, the BMW CE 02 is an urban commuter worth every rider’s time.

Designer: BMW Group




This Volvo 360c gull-winged design is a practical vision of ultra-safe Level 5 autonomy

A self-driving Volvo concept that focuses the lens on Level 5 autonomous driving while keeping the overall vehicle design clean and practical for urban commuting in peak traffic conditions.

While Elon Musk is targeting Level 5 autonomy for his fleet of electric cars, the probability of achieving that is highly unlikely in the next couple of years. This level of autonomous driving will only be possible when the other cars and the roads will have synchronous communication capabilities. A plausible idea that will give all the future-forward autonomous concept cars with no manual driving components a chance of fruition.

The Volvo 360c autonomous concept is a byproduct of that very vision. At the core will be an ultra-safe communication standard that enhances the spatial awareness of the vehicle. Volvo has been akin to the traffic safety standards ever since the introduction of the three-point safety belt in 1959, this concept makes even more sense for the brand.

According to the designer Ivan Marin Lopez, complete autonomous technology will not be an overnight change – rather it will be a gradual process that’ll take a significant amount of time. When the technology is fully proofed, autonomous cars like Volvo 360c concept will be able to tackle mixed traffic situations without any human intervention. Passenger safety is at the forefront here, and the car is loaded with advanced sensors to ensure it is ready for any unforeseen situation on the road.

The gull-winged 360c will have a clutter-free interior that focuses on passenger comfort and an air of openness with the panoramic glass windshield. The boxy design of the electric concept is dominated by a balanced proportion of design that takes into account the crowded city streets. This is truly a classy, compact and appealing Volvo hatchback of the future which keeps its limits to the practical realms of automotive design.

Designer: Ivan Marin Lopez

Futuristic Electric Automobiles designed to tear down the EV industry barriers, just like Mercedes’ latest launch!

The age of petroleum and diesel is slowly coming to an end, and electric vehicles are reigning supreme! The electric automotives being designed today, are not only a boon to the environment, but they’re also sleeker and better looking than ever. Futuristic technology combined with electrifying looks, and not to mention they completely eliminate the use of fossil fuels! And, we’ve curated some of the coolest EVs we’ve come across recently. From an electric Apple SUV to a muscular Ford Mustang Mach-F concept – these electric vehicles are completely tearing down the barriers of the automobile industry!

Peisert’s Concept One embodies all the good aspects of Apple (and a few unsavory ones) into a design that’s meant for the entire family. It’s a luxury car, but it isn’t a sedan. Instead, the Apple One is a one-for-all sort of SUV that accommodates 4 or more people pretty spaciously. Its proportions (and especially that headlight) feel slightly like a cross between the Tesla Cybertruck and the Rivian SUV. The design is mildly angular but doesn’t come with any edgy surfaces or straight lines. Instead, everything curves rather organically… a feature also seen in the continuous curves found on Apple products.

The Ford Mustang Mach-E was only a Mustang because Ford labeled it as one. On all other fronts, it was missing that iconic wild-horse character. Emre Husmen’s Mach-F concept (created as a successor to the Mach-E) attempts at righting those wrongs. For starters, it embraces the design language of both the Mach-E and the fuel-powered Mustangs before it. Its side-view silhouette feels distinctly modern while looking like a progression, an evolution of Ford’s contemporary cars. It’s much more low-slung than the Mach-E (which almost felt like a compact SUV), and embraces the 2015 Mustang’s overall style, but with a 4-door setup.

An electric Lamborghini needs to be ferocious, but not in the same way a gasoline-powered Lamborghini is… a design brief Andrea Ortile hopes to demonstrate and explore with his conceptual electric Lamborghini E_X. Unlike fuel-powered engines, which have a reputation for being dirty energy, electric drivetrains are much cleaner, from a sustainability and impact perspective. This very distinction carries forward to the Lamborghini E_X, which comes with a clean, pristine design that’s characterized by two swooping lines that define its side profile. The E_X balances this clean minimalism very well with its signature raging-bull aggressive demeanor.

“We designed every aspect of the Lucid Air and its platform in-house to be hyper-efficient, from the powertrain to the aerodynamics, and we’ve set several new benchmarks. With our ultra-high voltage 900V+ electrical architecture and the proprietary Wunderbox, we have significantly increased the speed of energy getting into, around, and even out of the vehicle, delivering the world’s fastest charging EV packed with future-ready charging features,” says Eric Bach, VP of Hardware Engineering, Lucid Motors. Say goodbye to range anxiety and long hours of charging. Lucid Air also comes with its own intelligent technology called the Air which will keep your smart lifestyle integrated with your rides. “An onboard virtual assistant tracks usage patterns and preferences, integrating seamlessly with your digital life. Everything is tuned to your liking, from cueing up your favorite music to set the perfect temperature for your arrival home.” says the team. Using this system, it lets you control key vehicle features no matter where you are seated in the car.

The Ferrari F413 by Shane Baxley looks like the kind of hypercar that would make its way out of Maranello in the year 2051. The F413 comes with a unique split-body design that features a single-seater cockpit that virtually looks like it’s floating on ints 4 wheels. Baxley told Yanko Design that his prime objective was to explore creating multiple forms and parts that united to form the perception of a single-vehicle. He opted for a fluid design language to make the forms flow into each other rather than look like a bunch of jagged masses strapped together, and while there’s something rather McLaren-ish about that design decision, the F413 still looks every bit a Ferrari… although who can really say what the raging bull’s design language will be thirty-odd years from now?

The Hexagon Jeep by Gwi Design is created for such future expeditions, where the highly hostile conditions demand a stellar off-roader. The electric Jeep adopts a hexagon design geometry since it is proven to be one of the most robust known shapes. The vehicle’s namesake, a jeep, is justified by the colossal ground clearance for the hostile terrain of the region. The approach and departure angles of the Hexagon Jeep make complete sense too. To make the ride as smooth as possible for the researchers, it has independent shock absorbers. The vehicle comes with removable battery packs on the back, which can be swapped for charged ones in an instant.

While this looks like a fusion of Batmobile and Batcycle with a very peculiar styling, this trike is destined to hit the roads in late 2023. The two-seater electric car has a very go-kart-ish feel to it, but it’s more than just a mere prototype by Toronto-based light EV maker, Daymak who’s been in the business for almost two decades now. The automaker has announced the Spiritus three-wheeled EV as an inclusion to the Avvenire series that includes the Terra off-road electric bike and the Skyrider flying EV. The front of the vehicle is styled like a two-seater compact car, and the rear has a single wheel – giving it a trike-like character, making it the right choice for the future of mobility.

The French automaker wants to democratize electric cars in Europe with their Renault 5 prototype – an all-electric car inspired by their retro model the R5! The Renault 5 prototype is a compact city ride that takes the best from one of Renault’s most successful cars and gives it a 100% electric twist to fit the future. The R5 was sold as the LeCar and was a popular hatchback in 1972. The design balances the retro aesthetics with the modern elements so they don’t overpower each other. The bold yellow highlights give it a playful essence. You can see some strong features from the original vehicle incorporated in the Renault 5 prototype which is evident in the chosen finishes and materials right from its boxy wheel arches and flat sides to its tilted C-pillar. “The design of the Renault 5 prototype is based on the R5, a cult model of our heritage. This prototype simply embodies modernity, a vehicle relevant to its time: urban, electric, attractive,” says Gilles Vidal, Renault Design Director.

Designed by Valencia-based designer Nacho Alfonso García, the self-balancing electric scooter on a single wheel belongs to the genre of Onewheel electric skateboard, RYNO Micro-Cycle, and many other upcoming similar designs. One advantage with Baiku is its balanced size ratio for badass riders and I’m assuming there is some space for storage inside this single-wheeled commuter. This commuter is targeted towards the next-gen crowd with a boxy design (a bit too boxy) that could have got the sharp flowing lines to be frank. Perhaps the designer wanted to infuse the Cyberpunk vibe for this creation, but anyways, I’m not complaining.

The trailer’s angular design is well-suited for your Tesla Cybertruck, and it is not just about the sharp looks! P17A trailer comes with floor integrated batteries capable of storing 12kWh of electricity when needed. Much attention has been given to the temperature variation inside the cabin to keep energy requirements down to the minimum. That’s achieved with the true foam-core structure providing insulation of 8.7″ EPS – thereby shunning out the need to use a 5000 BTU air conditioner in summers or an electric heater in chilling winter. Add to that the 520W solar panels on the roof, and you’ve got a trailer that doesn’t suck solely on the battery power of your electric vehicle. On top of that, the whole structure is designed aerodynamically to reduce drag, and the weight is minimized optimally. That improves your electric vehicle’s overall mileage when a trailer is towed behind for the whole trip.

Audi Skysphere is set to redefine the automotive industry, courtesy of its expandable wheelbase!





As an auto enthusiast who is completely awed by this feature, if the other automotive giants are as surprised as I am, I can honestly state that Audi has taken a giant leap in the technology that will take years for the others to catch up on. With this concept, Audi redefines the automotive industry while establishing itself as a true leader in this space.

Audi has just dropped a level 4 autonomous car concept that goes beyond the realms of what we are used to seeing – even by conceptual design standards. Audi propels into the future of autonomous driving with the Skysphere, an electric convertible that morphs from a luxurious grand tourer to a beastly sports car at the push of a button. This concept is designed by Gael Buzyn and his team to bring an unparalleled driving experience to the streets. The highlight of this concept is its transforming design, featuring an expandable wheelbase that transforms a two-seater convertible into a four-wheeler sportscar, giving you the best of both worlds.





The shape-shifting character of this car is akin to the caterpillar’s morphism to a butterfly. There are actuators behind the front axle that move the car’s front section back and forth to give it 10-inches of shape-shifting advantage. In addition, the steering wheel and pedal shifters retract under the dashboard panel for added luxury while being highlighted by the touchscreen interface panning across the dashboard in the long-wheelbase GT mode. This helps transform the car from a stable GT model to the power-oriented aggressive Sport mode.

1937 Horch Type 853 Sport Cabriolet

Skysphere draws much of its inspiration from the proportions of the legendary classic – 1937 Horch 853 convertible. Audi calls this mind-boggling creation a “reverence without retro.” The Skysphere is a nostalgic nod to the glorious grand touring era but with the infusion of a very modern element. According to Audi, the footprint between the legendary Horch 853 convertible and the Audi Skysphere cars is pretty similar – 5.23 meters in length versus 5.19 and a width of 1.85 versus 2.00 meters, respectively. The concept also gives a nod to the Art-Deco-inspiration with its metallic accents.

The battery pack of the Skysphere is located behind the cabin in a 40:60 front-to-rear weight distribution configuration. The front and rear double-wishbone suspensions help with the overall stability, and the steer-by-wire system comes with a variable-ratio setup for switching between the two modes. According to Audi, the convertible will be capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in under 4 seconds – courtesy of the rear-mounted 624 horsepower (465 kilowatts) electric motor. In addition, it will have a practically achievable range of 310 mph thanks to the 80-kilowatt-hour battery positioned behind the seats.

I can’t help but draw a parallel between this flamboyant electric car with the transformers (Bumblebee might just become a reality) with all the transformations it is making, both on the exterior and interiors. There is no compromise between the two driving configurations – such is the design refinement of this unparalleled concept car by Audi. Is this going to be the foreseeable future of cars whizzing past you in a couple of decades? I bet it is!

Designer: Audi

 

 

The Ferrari F413 is a single-seat electric hypercar concept with an outrageously futuristic design

Created as a styling exercise that aimed at amping up Ferrari’s aesthetics to radical levels, the Ferrari F413 by Shane Baxley looks like the kind of hypercar that would make its way out of Maranello in the year 2051.

The F413 comes with a unique split-body design that features a single-seater cockpit that virtually looks like it’s floating on ints 4 wheels. Baxley told Yanko Design that his prime objective was to explore creating multiple forms and parts that united to form the perception of a single vehicle. He opted for a fluid design language to make the forms flow into each other rather than look like a bunch of jagged masses strapped together, and while there’s something rather McLaren-ish about that design decision, the F413 still looks every bit a Ferrari… although who can really say what the raging bull’s design language will be thirty-odd years from now?

The car’s multiple panels come together, forming a hypercar that’s greater than the sum of its many parts. Everything sits on what looks like a carbon-fiber chassis, keeping the vehicle light and nimble. The front fenders, if you can really call them that, incorporate the headlights, and are connected to each other via a thin strip that runs along the base of the car. The single-seater cockpit sits as an independent mass, giving you the impression of being disconnected from the asphalt below you. Baxley mentions that the bubble-shaped cockpit’s even supposed to rotate left or right as the car turns, creating even more thrill as you drive. Side-wings located behind the cockpit help move/direct the air-flow as the car moves, and the rear fenders exist as semi-separate entities too, finally capped off with the iconic circular Ferrari taillights. The name F413, is in memory of Baxley’s mother’s birthday.

The interiors are just about as insane as the exteriors. The car seats just one, with a five-point harness holding you in place as you maneuver this hunk of metal and carbon-fiber with the racecar-style yoke steering wheel. The wheel comes with a tiny screen that acts as the car’s dashboard, not only displaying speed, velocity, and engine details, but also allowing you to choose between the car’s 3 driving modes – Track, Wet, and Pazzo.

It’s only natural for such an outrageous concept to have an electric drivetrain. Some speculate that a motor in each of the hypercar’s four wheels would make the most sense, giving the futuristic automobile a combination of power and control.

Designer: Shane Baxley

This self-balancing Honda electric scooter redefines futuristic urban commuting

Monowheel commuters have gained traction lately, and I personally just love the idea. That is if they are equipped with the self-balancing tech, otherwise, they are a risky affair! These single-wheeled vehicles for solo travel in the city limits are a wise idea for the future that is brimmed with vehicles (if already it isn’t bad), so why not look ahead of things. The Honda Baiku electric mobility scooter gives us a vision of the near future where one-wheeled scooters will whiz past us on the streets for a practical source of commuting.

Designed by Valencia-based designer Nacho Alfonso García, the self-balancing electric scooter on a single wheel belongs to the genre of Onewheel electric skateboard, RYNO Micro-Cycle, and many other upcoming similar designs. One advantage with Baiku is its balanced size ratio for badass riders and I’m assuming there is some space for storage inside this single-wheeled commuter. This commuter is targeted towards the next-gen crowd with a boxy design (a bit too boxy) that could have got the sharp flowing lines to be frank. Perhaps the designer wanted to infuse the Cyberpunk vibe for this creation, but anyways, I’m not complaining.

The ride has got a flat seat that retracts back into the chassis to save space while being parked for a minimum visible footprint in crowded spaces. Then comes the very high-tech display running from the top section to the lower frame. The upper section displays all the important heads-up information while the sliding section shows smartphone-connected apps like Spotify and all the vital things like phone dialer and the phone’s mirrored interface. Upfront Baiku has a big array of LED headlights to make things on the road crystal clear in the dark.

Designer: Nacho Alfonso García

 

 

Miss the smell of gasoline?? Ford just launched a fuel-scented perfume specially for EV owners

In a bid to out-weird Elon Musk’s Tesla Tequila, Ford just announced a perfume that vaguely smells like gasoline, designed for EV owners who miss the wafting aroma of fossil fuels. The perfume even comes in a gas-pump-shaped bottle, and is rather cleverly named Mach-Eau, a play on the word “Macho” by combining Ford’s Mach-E with the French term ‘Eau’, often used to describe perfumes.

As Ford gradually makes its complete transition to electric vehicles (with the Mustang Mach-E and the electric F150 being announced in the past two years), they conducted a survey to find out what their customers missed most about petrol-powered cars. The results showed that “one in five drivers said the smell of petrol is what they’d miss most when swapping to an electric vehicle, with almost 70% claiming they would miss the smell of petrol to some degree.” Ford also claimed in a press release that Petrol ranked as a more popular scent than both wine and cheese, and almost identically to the smell of new books. Sounds weird, but also sounds about right, because strangely enough, I REALLY like the smell of petrol too… but enough to douse myself in a perfume that smells like it? Well, maybe not.

The company, however, made it clear as they unveiled their fragrance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, that Mach-Eau doesn’t, in fact, smell entirely like gasoline, but rather draws on certain qualities of its aroma. Developed in partnership with renowned fragrance consultancy, Olfiction, “[The] Mach-Eau is designed to please the nose of any wearer; a high-end fragrance that fuses smoky accords, aspects of rubber and even an ‘animal’ element to give a nod to the Mustang heritage”, Ford mentioned in the press release. Be that as it may, the company hasn’t really put the Mach-Eau up for sale yet. Maybe it’ll come included with Ford’s next set of cars? Who ‘nose’. (get it? nose? knows?)

Designer: Pia Long of Olfiction (Client: Ford)

Developed with leading fragrance experts, Mach-Eau evokes traditional automotive scents

Portable electric vehicle charger with cable coiled up is the fast + convenient way to charge any EV!

The global electric vehicle market is expected to grow up to about 34,756 thousand units by the end of the decade. However, the popularity of electric cars is not matched by the infrastructure so the required charging stations aren’t as widespread to instigate a larger fan base to adapt the new form of eco-friendly transportation. The increasing government involvement globally is however working as an incentive for OEMs that are creating opportunities and devising ways to expand EV charging options so they can jump onto the revenue scheme.

Alongside them are the designers that fathom the possibility of making the concept of EV charging portable, so individuals can ride without worrying about where and how to charge their vehicles. Portable EV chargers have caught pace in the last few years, and the A-monite, a concept for a portable electric vehicle fast charger is one fine example of how the intention is altering and is revolutionizing the way people think of electric vehicle ownership. A portable charger like the A-monite removes the question of where, when, and how out of actually charging the electric vehicle. It taps into the lack of charging infrastructure so that a vehicle does not have to towed to a charging station – if it’s stranded on the highway. Instead, it can be powered up, right there and then with a portable charger in the boot of the car. It is an interesting alternative to the fixed stands installed in the parking lots, buildings, and in outdoors.

A-monite can be used for public or personal use and is more efficient than other portable EV charging battery solutions in that it has the charger and cable built-in, and that it comes with its own adjustable handle as opposed to batteries that have to be carried on cart systems. The conceptual charging solution does propose fast charge but it doesn’t reveal the output; however, it takes into account the wire management issue and lets one measure electricity usage through an RFID card.

Inspired by the shape of an ammonite and the functionality of a cable reel, this portable electric vehicle fast charger is delivered in the roundish form factor with the cable coiled up within the body. When you want to charge, just pull out the cable from the A-monite, fasten it to a power socket and you’re good to juice up your vehicle anywhere, anytime. And when you’re done, simply lift up the built-in handle and roll off the charger back to storage. It can be used in a public space, on-call during emergencies, or can be carried in the boot no matter where the road takes you. The possibilities with the A-monite are endless!

Designer: ChangJoong LEE

This fluid Apple iCar iteration is a modular design that goes against Apple’s current ecosystem

Apple’s on-again, off-again car rumors point to a self-driving vehicle much on the lines of Tesla to cater to the exponentially growing market. The world knows it will be an electric vehicle that’ll shape up Apple’s vision of future mobility. According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the car will be Apple’s next favorite child, bringing its concrete hardware and software ecosystem’s integration into play. The most anticipated four-wheeler in modern times has been on the designer’s sketching pad often as seen in these past designs – and here is another interesting one to consider.

Designer Ashish Gogte’s take on the Apple Car seamlessly integrates into the existing Apple ecosystem – a feature that current Apple users value the most. Ashish likes to call it the iCar, and the vehicle has an upright stance like the Apple Mouse 2. Modularity is at the core of this concept Apple car – wherein the front and the rear wheel assembly is swappable with a different one. Furthermore, the driving assembly has the battery integrated into the design to keep the modularity aspect at the forefront. We can even swap the drivetrain with a more powerful version or any future updated chassis that Apple designs. This brings a practical scalability aspect to the concept car, which is, in a way, intriguing. The malleability of the design continues to the interiors as well, giving the users control over their surroundings while creating a deeper bond between the user and the vehicle.

Ashish’s take on the iCar is a purely futuristic model, where the car is only expected to transport you, and everything works seamlessly. Given Apple’s lack of modularity in the current design environment, including such interchangeable/upgradeable components will require Apple to revise its design policy and who knows, it could happen by the time we have the iCar X!

Designer: Ashish Gogte