Explore the Urban Jungle in Style

The Urban Pod has all the bells and whistles you’d expect from such a futuristic-looking design- radar for collision warning/parking, tire pressure sensors, fingerprint access, photovoltaic recharging top, head-up display… the list goes on. But what we can’t get over is that this bioplastic hybrid is just so %$&#ing cute! It’s inner-city travel style at its best.

Designer: Paulo Encarnação

10 Comments

  • Quintin Smits says:

    Renault Twizy, just with doors and more tech. Now, I can’t find from when this design is (no links to the designers webpage?), but it could of course be older than the Twizy…

    I’m not going into to much detail about the technical specs that seem to come from someplace the sun won’t shine… But: 80% bioplastics? The ICE engine (for running it on gasoline), battery and other parts of the (electric) drivetrain (axles, motor, etc) make up only 20% of weight of the car? Also, even at 100% efficiency that roof won’t be large enough to charge that car fast enough to drive it any meaningful distance with sunlight.

    But, as concepts are always a little more ‘wow’ than the actual product that comes out of it: If and then this would actually get built, it will probably be exactly like the Renault Twizy… (which is already on the road…) Except with side windows, which is something many people find the Twizy should have.

    So, there would probably be a market for this, even without all the unnecessary and overly complicated technology the designer envisions.

  • Ben Koros says:

    I like this even though there is nothing really new about it. But there is one thing I would like to add: with all this state of the art technologies, You should probably consider to lose the USB key-like datamodule, and go wireless.

  • G Ravi says:

    Beautiful car. when it will be available in the market in India. I am interested in this concept car. Please let me know. Thank you! Ravi

  • mif991 says:

    Nice renderings and presentation. Bad ergonomics, unless a robot is driving this, those huge A pilars block so much of your vision. Nevertheless, I like the concept.

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