Meet IBO, a ‘friendly-looking’ Pickup EV that’s inspired by the curved architecture of the Guggenheim museum

Opting for an aesthetic that’s a stark deviation from the brawny, macho appeal of most pickup trucks, the IBO’s visual language relies on gentle forms dominated by soft ‘friendly’ curves. However, it’s proportions still make it look like a robust and reliable vehicle.

The IBO’s moodboard includes the Avant garde architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, especially the Solomon R. Guggenheim museum, which defied architectural standards with its unique spiral shape. The continuous and clean lines “represents the resurgence of the American automobile of the eighties,” says automotive designer Ángel Álvarez from IBO’s design team. The IBO shatters perceptions that a good, dependable pickup should look edgy like a Cybertruck, and instead opts for slick, curved surfaces – think Baymax, but a car.

Designer: IBO Team

The IBO seats 4, as it design team describes it as a hybrid between a small pickup and a sedan. The seats are adjustable, allowing the interiors to be flexible for a wide range of use cases, and the truck’s bed may be on the slightly shorter side, but can be extended simply by opening the rear gate. There’s storage for a spare tire right under the bed’s surface.

IBO is currently a conceptual EV, designed and prototyped as a proposal by the Barvelona-based company to explore the limits of electric mobility. There isn’t any word on whether it’ll ever be production-ready, although I’m really liking its uniquely endearing aesthetic.