Rinspeed To Present an Intelligent Mobility Concept Based on “UC?” Electric Car at Geneva Show in March
|The Rinspeed concept integrates a two-seat EV with rail. Click to enlarge.|
Swiss-based concept powerhouse Rinspeed, which converts and manufactures prototypes and limited series vehicles, will unveil an intelligent mobility concept that integrates electric commuter cars, rail and the Internet at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March.
The concept is centered on an electric two-seater named“UC?”, which stands for “Urban Commuter” or “You see?”. It was designed for possible future series production. UC? measures just 2.50 meters in length and is intended to help avoid gridlock in the inner cities. At the same time an advanced railcar loading system will add the option to cover long distances by train. The desired mobile carport with integrated battery charging station is booked via the Internet.
UC?—it’s a new and highly emotional web-based car world that interweaves individual and public transport in an intelligent way. We want to create a community of people who are open for a new definition of mobility.—Frank M. Rinderknecht, Rinspeed CEO
The lightweight UC? is operated with a central joystick and delivers 124 N·m of torque. It reaches a top speed of 110 km/h and has an operating range of 120 kilometers. The concept is designed be easily adapted and integrated by volume manufacturers. Rinspeed says that “intensive dialogues at the highest levels” are already well underway.
Rinspeed plans to publish more technical details in February in the run-up to the show. The partners and suppliers involved in the "UC?" project are:
- Absaar GmbH
- AEZ Leichtmetallräder GmbH
- AkzoNobel Car Refinishes
- A.T. Kearney Global Management Consultants
- Carl F. Bucherer
- Coop Genossenschaft
- Die Agentur, Werbeagentur GmbH
- J. Eberspächer GmbH & Co. KG
- Elektrizitätswerke des Kantons Zürich
- Esoro AG
- Harman/Becker Automotive Systems
- Li-Tec Battery GmbH
- Motorex Bucher Langenthal AG
- Paravan GmbH
- Pirelli Tyre (Europe) S.A. Swiss Market
- Rafi GmbH &Co. KG
- Rehau AG & Co.
- Sellner GmbH
- Sibu Design GmbH & CoKG
- Ticona GmbH
- VDOContinental Automotive Switzerland AG