This MINI electric concept depicts natural progression of the hatchback

MINI Cooper is a compact hatchback that everyone swears by for fun, energetic drives on the freeway. Throw any city challenge at this agile, speedy four-wheeler and it doesn’t disappoint. The unique-looking car has made its own dominant space in the automotive lovers’ world all these years, and there’s no stopping!

MINI has a race car-like quality when aggression is needed, and still, it maintains the immaculate grace of a city commuter. Like all other major automotive manufacturers, BMW Group has also vowed to reduce the carbon footprint with electric versions of the compact hatchback.

Designer: Roman Ignatowski

The current generation MINI electric powered by the electric drivetrain checks some boxes while missing out on others, still, the iconic look has been a major USP. This concept design of a future MINI builds on the deep-rooted status of the brand without going overboard. The MINImalistic design of the original is apparent and thank god the original dimensions have not been tinkered with.

Transportation designer Roman has created the MINI in the cool EV avatar as his personal study project. The car gets nifty alterations to completely change the perception of a classic four-wheeler. There’s a sense of airiness to the interiors with the pillar size reduced and the sunroof more dynamic to liven up things. The headlamps and the taillight get a more aggressive treatment to reinforce the aggressive stance. The same goes for the diamond-cut finish wheels that add to the edgy personality of the otherwise contoured EV.

Interiors get the same MINImalist treatment inline with the future trends dominated by light-colored spaces. The car’s dashboard gets the all-white treatment with a digital display for the telemetry. The central console is an extension of the dashboard itself and it’s MINImal too. The iconic steering wheel of the MINI gets the biggest facelift in the shape of a yoke-style racing wheel. Those alone project the futuristic transformation of the MINI.

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This electric scooter fit for a Bond movie is something you can own right now

Electric scooters are the rage in modern times given their compact form and practical aesthetics. The two-wheeled rides are well suited for urban landscape, and their minimal carbon footprint is mild on the already battered planet. Most electric scooters are made out of plastic material but if you’re someone who’s craving a classy electric commuter, look no further than the Nano designed by Bandit 9.

One can call it the luxury option of electric scooters as the Nano has been designed with maximum precision. Every curve and edge are refined to the last possible intricate details. Bandit 9 views the two-wheeler as one belonging to a “modern art exhibition” riding on the streets of “Paris during Fashion Week.”  We like to portray it as one fit for a Bond movie though.

Designer: Bandit 9

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Crafted out of Rolex steel (904L) and polished in an attractive silver finish, the scooter is laden with a lasting impression. The makers have created two separate versions of the electric ride– Nano variant that maxes out at a top speed of 45 km/h and Nano+ model capable of going at 75 km/h. The range on them is the same as they both clock 60 miles on a full charge of the 4.2 kWh battery juiced up in just four hours.

The all-metal finish of the electric scooter exudes luxury in the glossy silver hue and the makers are rightful in portraying the Nano as an object to behold with the eyes. The front section is covered completely in the body frame molded out of a single piece of metal. That gives the electric wheel hub motor-powered scooter an elongated retro feel. From the rear, the Nano looks like a modern moped in its best possible version, and will surely appeal to the young crowd.

Bandit 9 claims that the electric motor requires little or no maintenance at all which is another advantage to owning it. The Nano base model comes for a price tag of $4,499 and the Nano+ version costs a bit more at $4,990. While this electric scooter is quite steeply-priced, for someone who values class in things they own, this is worth the investment.

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This ultra-customizable EV can be a passenger hauler, delivery car or heavy cargo carrier on demand

Customizable vehicles that can go from a passenger hauler to a cargo carrier can have their limitations in expanding the possibilities further. This concept electric vehicle however goes all in with an approach to revolutionize transportation in traffic-inflicted cities.

Meet the Arrival ANT, a modern EV that is a passenger hauler one day and the very next day turns into a heavy load carrier with a visible difference in size. This freedom comes courtesy of the attachable modules that can be hooked onto the EV on demand.

Designer: Mingwei Liu and Benjamin Miller

Primarily envisioned for the sophisticated yet chaotic urban scene of London, the concept is designed to be ultra-customizable to take on the high streets to haul heavy load, as well as the narrow ones where a sleek means of transport is desired. The designers looked beyond the mere commute needs, and also focus on the utility aspect of vehicles. For example, the needs of shopkeepers, delivery providers, packers & movers, entrepreneurs, vendors, restaurateurs and more. To make it easy for a wide array of needs propping up by these individuals, the ANT can morph shape and add to its utility by three folds or even more.

This is achieved by having different modules that can attach to the main vehicle depending on the need. So, any of these individuals don’t need to buy separate vehicles for different tasks.  Being nimble and highly functional is the key to the concept’s success if the idea ever meets fruition. The concept is centered on the base panels and building blocks which bring greater versatility and freedom of all the possible combinations. The rented or purchased configuration modules can be retrofitted at mini-factories on demand.

The corner units of Arrival ANT power the whole thing and reside over the wheels delivering torque depending on the load. It can do autonomous deliveries, move kiosks or add extra passenger seats without any problem.

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Ariel’s Batman-worthy electric supercar is a performance centered beast

British automotive manufacturer Ariel is more inclined towards producing a batch of 100 cars a year like the Atom, providing quality over quantity to a select group of purists. A few years ago, they promised an electric sports car is coming the automotive lovers’ way, and even amid the heavy air of speculation, they’ve finally done it.

Ariel has released the first ever electric vehicle that looks nothing like a conventional EV would. In fact, it is more inclined towards the Batmobile genre, so it could also be portrayed as a clean-energy vehicle for the vigilante, it’s that freakin’ badass!

Designer: Ariel

This stealth supercar dubbed HIPECAR comes with the promise of High Performance Carbon Reduction (that’s where the name convention comes from) without giving up on agility and lightweight characteristics too much. For now, the sportscar is in the prototype stage and the first production version will be released in a couple of years’ time.

The supercar having aluminum monocoque with carbon-fiber body parts will have a Cosworth-sourced 62-kilowatt-hour battery capable of powering the beast for a range of 150 miles. The option to peak this figure will come in the form of a Cosworth turbine range extender producing 35 kW of power. HIPECAR will be available in the all-wheel drive option, with four motors for each wheel delivering a total of 1,1180 horsepower, or the rear-wheel drive with two motors. Top end trim of the sportscar will be capable of going from 0-60 mph in just 2.09 seconds flat and 100 mph in 4.4 seconds. Ariel is confident that with the torque vectoring system these numbers could be bettered.

The body and chassis of the HIPECAR are more advanced compared to the likes of Atom and Nomad. The total weight of HIPECAR will be approximately 3,307 pounds for the all-wheel drive variant and 3,086 pounds for the normal version. The suspension has a variable-sized double wishbone structure and there are AP Racing brakes get the six pistons at the front and four at the back. Since we are talking of a track-performance sports car, the driver will have regenerative braking, adjustable traction control and torque vectoring at disposal.

If you were wondering what’s the reason for that flamboyant exterior? Well, Ariel apparently achieves an optimum drag efficiency and airflow for cooling. The vertical fins at each corner and the centerline of the rear deck along with the roof-mounted scoop for airflow help achieve all the performance.

The HIPECAR is slated for the European and Australian markets when eventually the launch happens. For people in North America, there’s no good news as the sports car might not show up in this part of the world. There are no pricing figures yet for the Ariel sportscar but they say it should cost less than $840k!

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This Tesla bike concept has a peculiar x-factor with enough firepower to back it

The idea of futuristic bike designs can germinate from even the most unrelated roots, and we’ve seen quite a chunk of them. The majority of these motorbike concepts have a beefy muscular character which at times can get boring. And yes, all of them are draped in dark skins for that intimidating presence.

So, how about a Tesla concept bike design that hangs on to the futuristic theme without having a very recognizable, stale aesthetic?

Designer: 張 彥齊

Meet the Model-Z electric bike crafted for motorbike lovers who crave a unique lifestyle of commuting in cities without compromising on the riding experience. The ride is made to be light weighted for easy maneuvering in crowded cityscapes. The designer focuses on the signature visual element inspired by the likes of BMW who are known for the “Kidney Grille” design or Tesla’s iconic front look symbolic of speed and futuristic DNA.

The Tesla-branded bike gets hubless wheels and a contoured edgy design which highlights its futuristic character, and of course Tesla’s signature influence. The two-wheeler emphasizes the high riding position and balanced rider driving aesthetics. Just like we pressed on the dark looks of concept bikes, the Model-Z has a rare light-colored theme which is aptly refreshing. That curvy handlebar and the iRobots inspired from section absolutely hits a home run in terms of uniqueness. This alone could lure prospective bike lovers into the honey trap!

Power on the bike is delivered based on the mode selected just like you would find on any roadster these days. It can go from 0-100 km/h in 3.5 seconds and has a top speed of 200 km/h. A full charge of 2.5 hours ensures a 280 km range and for those busy days, one can extract a 75 km range with just 20 minutes of charging.

The side profile of the Model-Z is what we personally are drooling over – just look at this smooth operator in cool white and bronze-colored inserts.

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This e-trike is a peppy mix of classic café racer and modernized city commuter

The complexion of urban mobility is slowly morphing into a space dominated by electric vehicles that are compact and highly practical. While most concept designs we’ve come across focus on technology, this electric trike lays emphasis on the actual purpose of the styling. The design and shape of the e-trike are centered on speed handling and driving pleasure for the most part.

Inspired by the retro appeal of classic racers, the E-Trike Revolution brings that element of freedom, speed and skill of riding in an arena filled with concepts and prototypes giving high weightage to comfort and lounge-like commuting experience. This three-wheeled city commuter has a raw element to it while still being overwhelmingly cool.

Designer: André Fangueiro

Trikes with their adaptable body tilt promise superior handling while tight sweeping corners at high speed. This one is no different with its swift suspension. E-Trike Revolution is more like a café racer but with the assurance of an extra wheel for more stability. There is a respectable space for keeping your belongings or medium-weighted cargo. The spoked wheel tires add that reassuring element of the trike’s classic influence.

According to André, the prototype of this trike will be made using sustainable materials, will get next-gen electrical technology and have a direct drive for instant torque. So, we perceive it as a green commuting option for riders who seek driving pleasure and styling. He also added that the design came about to be after their team identified the gaps in the automotive market currently. From there the opportunities were identified to design a trike to fill the void.

The E-Trike Revolution is a minimalistic three-wheeled urban commuter that’s not boring. The shape is finalized keeping in mind all genders to capture a bigger chunk of the market. For starters, the trike is going to be targeted at globetrotters with a passion for discovering new things.

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This modernized Ford dune buggy is equally swift on city roads

Ford is known for its robust trucks like the F-150 Raptor and they have a few upbeat concept buggy designs in the pipeline too. That makes complete sense as the future shouts out loud for compact off-roading vehicles that are good for city commutes too instead of hoarding multiple vehicles. This Ford concept off-roading buggy is in line with the future-forward vision the Michigan-based automotive giant could adopt in the coming years.

Having a well-balanced mix of racing, off-roading and city commute aesthetics – the two-seater electric vehicle has a sci-fi element to it. A balanced body frame design with a good ground clearance gives the riders assurance of taking uneven trails with confidence. The low-slung, crawling position of this Ford makes it glued to the tarmac with the smooth aerodynamic form promising optimum drag reduction for the preferred range on the battery.

Designer: Keyu Deng

Dubbed the Fordzilla Hypervan, this dune buggy derives its overall inspiration from the reptilians. The matte black color it’s draped in is a tell-tale sign of its Godzilla design influence. If you see that typical Batmobile influence, you are not alone! The occurrence of matte orange hues on the outside and inside highlight the sharp character of the ride. The battery on the rear indicates its rear-wheel-drive origins, and therefore, a better balance and handling.

The Hypervan gets all glass doors that are gull-winged, and look absolutely gorgeous. These doors are an extension of the windshield and panoramic glass roof which adds a sense of airiness to the four-wheeler. The rear of the vehicle is raised up higher than the front to get maximum downforce which is helpful in keeping it glued to the tarmac at high speeds.

Overall, this is a beach buggy concept with space for a spare tire on the rear and evokes a sense of speed and dynamism without getting too cheeky. The driver and passenger seating looks ultra-comfy which is another good feature for laid-back travel for extended driving stints.

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Tesla SpaceX Model concept hypercar gets massive rocket boosters like a Batmobile

We’re still eagerly waiting for the Tesla Roadster to show up as Elon Musk has promised over a period of the last five years. More so because the tycoon said it would get crazy rocket boosters for that extra thump when needed. The street car will go from 0-60mph in just 1.1 seconds. Now, that’ll give all those racy supercars something to think about.

Even before we get a first live glimpse of the future-forward roadster, a Germany-based automotive designer has mustered up design for a Tesla hypercar that fuels our imagination. And yes, it gets massive rocket boosters on the rear and four on each axis for speed, braking and cornering assist to make it extra dynamic.

Designer: Maximilian Schneider

Dubbed the Tesla SpaceX Model, the concept is intricately detailed to the last bit which sets it apart from other digital blueprints of concept hypercars we come across. That’s pretty understandable since Maximilian has years of experience with brands like Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Mitsubishi, and HiPhi. Now the inventive designer has kicked off his own YouTube channel “Design to the Max” with this aerodynamic Tesla concept catching our attention. His motto of “design to the max” is surely reflected in this amazing concept.

The wild hypercar takes Elon’s vision for a roadster to another level with humongous boosters – something akin to Batman’s Batmobile. The design of the SpaceX-inspired hypercar is radically evolved from what the Tesla Roadster is destined to be, and that makes sense for a prototype. It’ll be powered by an electric drivetrain and the rocket thrusters will be fueled by the liquid-hydrogen propellant.

Those independent moving rocket thrusters will push the car downwards in braking mode – much like a rocket’s boosters. They will also provide stability control to take corners at high speed by providing downwards thrust on the opposite side. There will be two variants of the Tesla SpaceX Model concept – a standard car and a race version. The latter will have 467 km/h (290 mph) top speed, and 2,950 hp while the former gets 526 km/h (327 mph) top speed.

The contoured shape of the hypercar is more like a prototype racer with balanced aesthetics as can be seen from the etched wheel arches, aerodynamic wheel covers and massive fins. That glass cockpit positioned more towards the front lends the concept hypercar an intimidating stance that is so magnetic. Overall, it’s a cool Tesla concept that we wish catches Elon’s eye and brings inspiration for his future projects!

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The Bandit9 is a sleek speed demon of a racecar with an aerodynamic design and the engine of a Tesla

The company famed for making some of the most organic, fluid-inspired motorcycles is now experimenting with the adrenaline rush of four-wheeled racing. Bandit9 originally set out to build a car that captures the joy of riding a motorcycle, but the team found them slipping down the racecar rabbit hole. The Monaco is a result of their growing obsession with racecars and captures everything the ‘religion of racing’ epitomizes – speed, aerodynamism, power, control, and the thrill of feeling the resistance as you push against the pedal and try to maneuver a hunk of metal hurtling across the asphalt.

Designer: Bandit9

The car’s ethos went through a major rehash when the company moved from designing a car that captures the joy of motorcycling to a car that embodies the joy of racing. The more Bandit9 learned about the science and religion of Racing, the more they felt compelled to honor those that came before by continuing their work; Colin Chapman’s relentless mission to reduce weight, Carroll Shelby’s principles on control over pure power, Enzo Ferrari’s philosophy on life, and more.

While modern sports cars come packed with features, the truth is they’ve made you dependent”, says the Bandit9 team. “With GPS, there’s no need to have a sense of direction; cruise control means you just need to steer, and now with autopilot: you’re barely driving; just call an Uber.” In that sense, the Monaco is both an attempt at capturing the old-school meaning of racing, albeit with new-age technology, thanks to Bandit9’s diverse team of aerospace, robotics, mechatronics, and chemical engineers working alongside their roster of international automotive designers.

The Monaco is an F1-worthy racecar powered by an electric heart. The car comes with a carbon fiber monocoque that sports Bandit9’s signature fluid-inspired bodywork on top. The company calls it a ‘platform’ rather than a complete automobile, stating that the monocoque is a “blank canvas designed to support add-ons to suit your racing style”.

A lithe, lean beast of a machine, the single-seater racer outputs more than an average muscle car. It uses the same electric engine and LFP batteries as a Tesla Model S, which helps the Monaco output over 536 horses and 445 lb-ft of torque, going from 0-60 in 2.7 secs and covering 250 miles on a single charge – that’s an entire F1 race without worrying about battery levels.

Designing a racecar is a challenge… designing an electric racecar is virtual martyrdom, however, the Monaco seems to have nailed that practically impossible brief. Like Formula 1 cars, the Monaco’s engine and batteries are positioned in the rear to transfer the immense power of the engine to the track. Their weight pushes the wheels into the ground providing more downforce and reducing the chances of wheel spin. And with the free space up front, that just gives the designer more freedom to create a gloriously aerodynamic nose that slices through the air like a lightsaber through cotton candy.

At its top speeds of 250km/h, the driver will experience up to 2 g’s when they accelerate and up to 4 g’s banking into corners or braking. The car’s cockpit, in that regard, feels more like sitting in the pilot’s seat of a fighter jet. “Like any athlete, you’ll have to train to maintain control”, the Bandit9 team says.

An ultrawide tactical camera outputs a panoramic rear view on the driver’s dashboard at 1080p with low latency, giving them a much clearer view of what’s behind them while they’re racing.

For people with deep pockets and a license to vroom, the Monaco starts at $150,000 USD and ships worldwide, with deliveries beginning in Q3 of 2023. Before that, the Bandit9 team is heading to the salt flats with a modified version of the Monaco to attempt a world record. Head to the Bandit9 website to know more about the car and its development… or even some of their drop-dead gorgeous motorcycles.

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This reconfigurable travel pod is your personal lounge, reading nook or even a gym

We are slowly inching towards a future where smart mobility dominated by social spaces will be the hot trend. Of course, autonomous driving is going to be the ruler all along, since you as a rider get some me time to unwind after a long day at work.

Just imagine sipping coffee with close buddies on a mobile café, reading your favorite novel while heading to your parent’s place, or even working out in a mobile gym to make the most of your spare time while in commute back from the office.

Designer: Jin Jin

The PIX Robobus moving pod for urban mobility is a prototype resulting from the deep desire to have moving zen-like interiors suited for the mood. All this while commuting with 4-5 other fellow passengers. The idea of the designers is to have a broad network of PIX Robobus fleet that makes connected city commuting feasible. This is why the ultra-agile four-wheeler is tailored for urban commuting – specifically for 3-5 kilometers of travel, making it the perfect shared mobility solution for sightseeing, industrial parks, university campuses or airports.

It’s not just about transporting people from point A to point B, but rather a moving environment for individuals to enjoy daily adventures of life. The Robobus doesn’t isolate the riders from the outside world – as in, they can enjoy the outside views. It’s more about “Intelligent Mobility”, according to the designers. There are two rows of seats on each side in one configuration with elements incorporated to bring an airy feel to the interiors.

The platform that the moving pod sits on is designed in a way to leave maximum space for riders to use and the in-wheel motors further assist in this build. These wheels can move individually for tight city commuting or parking in tight spots.  There’s a skateboard-like chassis that makes the wheelbase and wheeltrack reconfigurable. Thus, the pod can also be assembled together to have more platform space, for it to be used as a lounge area, gaming space, or a makeshift motel. That’s if someone wants to buy it for personal use. The possibilities are limitless.

PIX Robobus will have an estimated range of 70-100 km on a single charge and speeds anywhere between 15-30 km/h. So, we can expect a very deep-rooted network of Robobus pods in passenger transport configuration, dotting the metropolis of the future.

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