Koenigsegg Envera portable EV charger sets new precedence for convenience, versatility and luxury

The number of electric cars on the roads is increasing exponentially, and so is the need for charging stations required for them. Options for personal charging stations that can be installed in your garage are also rising. Not only the conventional manufacturers, but the supercar makers also have the transition to electric vehicles as their long-term agenda. Mercedes Vision EQXX Concept, Maserati GranTurismo Folgore, Ariel Hipercar, and of course the Tesla Roadster are some good examples.

Along the same lines, a pair of designers have proposed a portable battery charging station for the Koenigsegg brand known for its high-performance vehicles. The reason is, to enhance the whole experience of buying an electric supercar and the premium experience of plugging it into a portable charger.

Designer: Aditi Aagrwal and Harsh Ambarkar

Just like the Koenigsegg brand known for its groundbreaking engineering innovations like the Direct Drive transmission and Freevalve engine technology, this concept charger also boasts innovative features including dihedral synchro-helix doors. The use of advanced materials like aerospace-grade alloys and carbon fiber further adds to the exclusivity. The form is important to make it distinct from other similar products, hence the aggressive design honed by the sleek and aerodynamic lines.

Dubbed the Envera, this portable EV charger is tailor-made for on-the-go charging of your power-hungry hypercar or supercar. Capable of supplying 7.2 kW of power it supports Level 2 charging with voltage compatibility from 100 – 400 volts AC. It has Type 1 and Type 2 AC charging ports too and an optional DC rapid charging adaptor. The designer is also mindful of safety, hence the inclusion of overcurrent, over-voltage, short circuit and ground fault protection. In case the charger overheats, there is an automated shutdown in place.

The sleek body of the charger is inspired by the Koenigsegg Agera, and is not limited to just charging this speed beast. It can charge any other Koenigsegg supercar, or any other electric car from other brands. It is built from an IP65-rated shell for premium protection against wear and tear with the ability to operate in temperatures from -20 Degrees Celsius to 50 Degrees Celsius. To make charging the least of the hassles, it comes with a 20-foot flexible charging cable. Just like other portable chargers, this one gets an LCD to show the real-time charging status and diagnostics.

Truly, the Koenigsegg Envera sets new standards for portable EV chargers, giving us a glimpse of how cool the future is going to be. Of course, the unparalleled convenience, versatility of use, and luxury quotient of using a premium brand’s product will always be there.

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Modular electric minivan is inspired by puzzles for a more sustainable design

Although electric cars are becoming more common, we’ve barely scratched the surface of what they’re capable of. Removing the need for traditional fuel and relying on batteries opens up new possibilities, and not just in terms of power sources. It can offer a bit more flexibility when it comes to the form and function of the vehicle, like cars with completely digital interfaces or screens all around. There might even be room for a modular design, as this concept for a tiny Japanese electric van tries to show, allowing the manufacturer or even the owner to switch out certain parts both outside and inside to match their needs, just like pieces of a puzzle.

Designer: HW Electro

To be fair, a modular car might be a bit far down the road considering the industry is hyper-focused on standardizing electric vehicles and making self-driving features more acceptable to the masses. That’s not to say that the design is a distant possibility only, especially when the features are made to be more practical rather than fantastical. Switching out panels is probably more feasible than switching out whole car parts or components, which is the kind of modularity that the Puzzle concept embodies.

At first glance, the boxy shape of the Puzzle will already look strange to those not used to so-called “Kei cars,” but this kind of van design is popular in Japan for striking a balance between large interior capacity and small compact size. It’s a design that screams practical efficiency, and making it modular is taking it to the next level. But unlike what you might be imagining, the Puzzle’s pieces, pardon the pun, are limited to swapping out certain panels at the sides, corners, and even inside. It’s a bit of a generic system that opens up quite a number of possibilities but, more importantly, it also doesn’t tie them down to a specific design or part. It also makes replacing damaged panels easier and more economical, something that you can only dream of with regular cars.

The Puzzle van also has secrets to reveal inside its extremely spacious cabin. The interior door panel has slots that make it possible to add and remove different modules, such as containers, cup holders, and the like. Even the dashboard has this kind of design, yielding a clean yet flexible space for expanding the van’s capabilities, especially in the infotainment aspect. The cargo space, which is practically a cube, is also more space-efficient for storing boxes and all sorts of large objects, making the EV a potential delivery vehicle.

Thanks to the boxy form of this Kei car, it’s possible to put a solar panel on the roof to really maximize its battery mileage. Modular and sustainable, the Puzzle minivan concept offers an extremely simple yet effective solution to the future of electric vehicles, one that espouses the Japanese spirit of minimalism and practicality where form clearly follows function.

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Top 5 Trailblazing Electric Pickup Truck Concepts To Rival The Cybertruck

If you’re someone who wants to own an electric pickup truck, then you’ve probably been eyeing the Cybertruck since it was unveiled, and waiting for its launch. Electric pickup trucks are the epitome of function, form, and utility. They are ideal for work on the weekdays, and some off-roading on the weekends. They’ve been designed to maneuver all kinds of terrains. If you’re tired of waiting for the Cybertruck and want to have a look at other menacing electric pickups then you’ve reached the right spot. From an insane Hondo pickup truck concept to a compact Mini Cooper-sized pickup with the practicality of a Toyota Tacoma – these innovative pickup designs are trailblazers in the arena of EVs.

1. Honda Ridgeline EV

Dubbed the Ridgeline EV, this conceptual design by Rene Garcia was initially intended to be a Dakar rally truck, but slowly it transformed into a pickup truck for Honda. It can handle pretty much anything thrown at it!

Why is it noteworthy?

The conceptual EV features a winch hook on the front, a frunk at the back, and suicide-style rear doors that allow you to enter the car’s spacious and comfy interiors. It also boasts an expandable truck-bed on the back, that is equipped with tools and emergency medical kids.

What we like

  • The back of the car can be opened up, allowing the rear seats to flip 180° and face backward

What we dislike

  • Quite bulky to look at

2. Hyundai ECG

Called the Hyundai EGG, this compact off-roading automotive is a mixture of a buggy and a compact hatchback. It is a reliable electric mini pickup car that has great mileage even at higher speeds when traveling to another city.

Why is it noteworthy?

The EGG’s electric drivetrain is quite efficient, allowing the car to maintain a great range even when treading the off-roading trails. It features a 360-degree panoramic windshield to offer clear visibility for a safer drive.

What we like

  • The rear can hold a good amount of cargo for trips

What we dislike

3. The IBO

The IBO is inspired by the Avant-garde architecture of Frank Llyod Wright, specifically the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. It breaks down the perception that a great pickup should look edgy like a Cybertruck and instead adopt slick curved surfaces.

Why is it noteworthy?

The seats are adjustable, allowing the interiors to be flexible for a wide range of use cases. There’s also storage for a spare tire right under the bed’s surface.

What we like

  • Unique endearing aesthetics that are a good break from the typically seen edgy aesthetics of pickup trucks

What we dislike

  • The truck’s bed is on the shorter side, which may not be preferred by everyone

4. TELO

Designed by Yves Béhar and TELO, the TELO pickup truck is created for urban riders and combines the capabilities of a full-sized pickup truck and a compact size.

Why is it noteworthy?

The TELO is said to be as compact as the Mini Cooper but showcases the capabilities of a Toyota Tacoma. If you stash the 152-inch truck against the 231-inch Cybertruck, you know it’s going to be way more suited for the crowded city streets.

What we like

  • Features a sloping nose section to decrease the front profile without sacrificing interior space

What we dislike

  • Currently not available for sale, so we’re unsure whether the final design will live up to the renders

5. The Canoo Anyroad

The Canoo Anyroad is the perfect mix between a city car, a pickup, an ATV, and a recreational vehicle. It is the ideal vehicle for those living in a city apartment, suburban home, or even the great outdoors!

Why is it noteworthy?

It comes with an incredibly minimalist design (in signature Canoo style) and even boasts of those iconic shaped headlights and taillights. The automobile exists in two parts that separate into a car on the front, and a collapsible tent at the back.

What we like

  • Features modern aesthetics that are perfect for urban roads

What we dislike

  • The bed is much shorter than the ones found on traditional pickup trucks

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These dome-shaped solar trees use AI to charge electric vehicles and combat the issue of EV charging

Slowly and surely the world has been moving towards clean energy alternatives. People have been abandoning dirty energy, especially petrol and diesel-ridden vehicles, for smarter and cleaner EVs, and other solar energy products. However, an issue that EVs often pose, is the issue of charging them. It can be challenging to find charging stations frequently and in convenient locations, but this is where these intriguing ‘Solar trees’ come into the picture. London-based SolarBotanic Trees created these sleek innovative trees designed to power EV Charging stations!

Designer: SolarBotanic Trees

The London-based company launched the prototype for the trees in September 2022, and its first generation of solar trees will finally be available in the coming few months! SolarBotanic developed these trees in collaboration with a London-based business support program Co-Innovate. The two teamed up and used academic and innovation resources from the surrounding universities and facilities. The unique-looking trees have been equipped with solar panels. These solar panels or nano photovoltaic ‘leaves’ form the dome or the canopy of the trees. They absorb energy from sunlight and transform it into electrical energy.

That collected electrical energy is then stored in the trees’ AI-driven energy storage and management system, which releases this power and manages it. There are other simple solar trees on the market, for example, Smartflower – a rather large daisy-shaped solar energy solution. But there are certain features that set the SolarBotanic Trees apart from similar designs on the market. First and foremost, the Smartflower has a four-kilowatt system, while the SolarBotanic Trees have been equipped with a five-kilowatt capacity, a larger capacity than other trees available today. Also, the SolarBotanic Trees will have a lower and more economical price point, which will make the product more accessible to the masses.

The SolarBotanic Trees will provide solar energy solutions for homes, businesses, and commercial parking spaces. The commercial version or the SolarBotanic Tree “v01” will be available in mid-2023 and version “v02” with an energy management system (EMS), battery storage, and rapid EV-charging system will be available later in the year. A third version the “v03” will be available in 2025 – it will use an advanced combination of wind and solar power generation modules.

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McLaren unveils e-scooter that folds into an easy-to-carry package

E-scooters are all the rage in current times and most automakers are joining this electrification trend. McLaren is homing in on the mindful rage with its all-in-one electric vehicle which is a battery-powered scooter destined to redefine the complexion of personal mobility.

The British company has created a new offshoot christened Lavoie Electric (much like the Porsche Design label) to take up the rising developments of their EV quest – be it the current ones or the ones destined for the future. As Wertheimer, Lavoie cofounder and CEO rightly suggested that they want to create a vehicle that’s “reliable, faultlessly functional, powerful, stylish,”  having state-of-the-art technology.” TO be precise, built in the same way as any car or motorcycle would.

Designer: Lavoie Electric

McLaren is quite serious about its clean energy ambitions for personal mobility space as Richard Clarke, ex-F1 engineer and electric vehicle expert Eliott Wertheimer and Albert Nassar head the ranks at Lavoie. The first-ever product is going to be the Series 1 folding electric scooter which draws inspiration from the suspension system of a world-class race car. That’s complimented well by the chunky tires to further soak the bumps and uneven driving pavements. So, you can pretty well imagine the ride comfort on this electric scooter in real-life situations.

The real USP of this personal commuter lies in its ability to fold in half thanks to the patented Flowfold mechanism to become the size of an easy-to-carry package – and that too with the push of a button. The magnesium-framed scooter weighs only 36 pounds for urban practicality which is a huge bonus. Series 1 e-scooter has a battery capacity enough to go 31 miles on a single charge. The unit can be recharged in a couple of hours – again a big advantage.

Looks are also kept at a premium here with a sleek aerodynamic shape and funky triangular headlight. Safety is also paramount in this design as the innovative lighting spread illuminates the road ahead and the side lights keep other motorists informed about the ride. The integrated display on the Series 1 provides turn-by-turn navigation and the indicator lights are controlled from the handlebars.

Lavoie promises to unfurl more details about the electric scooter in the coming future and for now, hasn’t revealed any details about the availability or the pricing. However, the design is promising and is backed by closely-knit features that are very useful in daily usage.

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DeLorean Omega 2040 is a baja-themed off-road EV built for post-apocalyptic world

DeLorean Motor Company has satisfied automotive lovers’ longing to revive cherished memories of the “Back to the Future” movies with its gull-winged Alpha5 EV launch. The American automotive company is not stopping at that though as they’ve teased two more concepts. One of them is aimed at the near future while the other is for a dystopian world set in 2040.

The two concepts were revealed at the inaugural DeLorean House’s “A Glimpse Into The Future” event at the Pebble Beach Automotive week 2022. While the 2024 Alpha5 Plasmatail concept is the extension of the fresh coupe, we are more interested in the off-roading capable Omega 2040 concept.

Designer: DeLorean

This Baja-styled concept is nowhere close to reality by 2022 standards, but then, we are talking of the year 2040. The electric vehicle will be tailored for off-road trails, perhaps designed for a radically changed topography owing to climate change and human-induced drought. DeLorean themselves is labeling this design as something that’s a complete detour from the traditional automotive design.

The two-seater vehicle also seems like a mix of race truck and moon rover from its lower half – the wheels and chassis to be precise. That bumped-up ride height, and the chunky wheels with those rims are made for a post-apocalyptic world. The independent suspension system on all four wheels hints at its high-performance quotient without any doubt. Coming from the house of DeLorean, it’s not surprising since they are accustomed to creating futuristic rides.

Headlights and taillights on the Omega 2040 are the sharpest designed you’ll ever get to see on a four-wheeler. The windshield follows down to the rear with an array of honeycomb-shaped solar panels on the panoramic glass. Overall, the Omega 2040 boasts an aerodynamic design for EV drivetrain efficiency. Those robust-looking spoilers extended out of the body both on the front and rear add an air of dynamism to the EV concept, and we love it!

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This Citroën 2CV inspired electric concept shines in dual-tone colors and modern styling

The legendary 1945 Citroën 2CV often referred to as the umbrella on wheels had a fixed profile convertible bodywork and roll-back sunroof. This world’s first front-wheel-drive car was produced between 1948 – 1990 with more than 3.8 million units sold. In fact, the ride mirrored the Volkswagen Beetle in more ways than not. The definite charm of both these cars is truly undeniable all these years, and still continues to brush automotive fans.

To revive the nostalgic memories of this economy family car, designer Jean Louis Bui has penned an electric concept in a modern avatar. 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.

Designer: Jean Louis Bui

The big Citroën logo on the grille makes the modern-looking version of the 2CV come alive combined with the dual colorway in shimmering black and red. The other color option the designer goes for is the sea green and black which also looks nice but I would not go for this one if ever Citroën plans to revive the classic for real. That Charleston-influenced bio-tone color is quite evident in here, and it’s refreshing. Also, this has to be a playful vehicle owing to its style and colors, just like the Citroën 2CV back in its glorious time. The designer in his submission emphasized that the concept embodies the “emblem of France as well as the Eiffel Tower, the baguette or the croissant.”

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