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2010 Geneva Motor Show Concepts

Friday, March 5, 2010

Two concepts debuted at the 2010 Geneva Auto Show that may interest you.  First, …

Yes! It's the Honda 3R-C. (photo: world.honda.com)

photo: world.honda.com

photo: world.honda.com

Now, can you see yourself in one? (photo:world.honda.com)

(From:world.honda.com/news)

3R-C
This revolutionary three wheeled battery electric vehicle concept shows what a future minimal urban transport vehicle for one person might look like. The battery electric drivetrain is mounted low in the three wheeled chassis, therefore keeping the centre of gravity low and thus improving stability.

The 3R-C has a clear canopy that covers the driver’s seat while it is parked and not in use. When 3R-C vehicle is in motion, the canopy becomes an enveloping wind-shield that provides the pilot, who sits low in the vehicle, with significant protection from the bodywork and doors.

The high sides of the safety shell seat give greater safety to the occupant, reducing the threat from side impacts and improving weather protection. In front of the driver is a lockable boot area, which gives significant secure storage for luggage or other items. The 3R-C’s designers created a flexible cover that surrounds the upper torso to reduce exposure to bad weather and improving comfort.

The 3R-C study was created by European designers working at Honda’s Research and Design facility in Milan.

Here is Honda designer Matteo Krzanowski chatting about the 3R-C concept vehicle:

And second, the Tata Nano EV–all-electric. Seats four, with “super-polymer lithium ion” batteries, and boasting a range of 99-miles per charge.  Not bad!–Lorenzo

Tata Nano EV (photo:Autobloggreen)

This year, the Geneva Auto Show is bringing sexy back to green (vehicles).  It seems that every manufacturer is getting on either the hybrid or all-electric bandwagon–you’ve got Ferrari, Porsche, BMW, Honda, Citroën… each coming out with its own version of green machine or high-performance “model”.  Don’t believe me just check out this groovy video from Motors TV:

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Friday, March 5, 2010 6:25 pm

    Is it a scooter? It does not matter. I want it!!

    • Sunday, March 7, 2010 8:01 am

      That would be a really nice three-wheel convertible!

      _Lorenzo

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