Motive Industries has chosen the occasion of the EV 2010 VÉ Conference and Trade Show in Vancouver, Canada to unveil the complete exterior design of its hemp-infused biocomposite-bodied electric car concept, the Kestrel. While we were under the impression there would be a complete vehicle in attendance, there was, in fact, only a door. A very cool looking door, but we wished it had been attached to a rolling chassis nonetheless. For now, we'll have to satisfy our curiosity with computer-generated renderings.kes·trel [kes-truhl] –noun
1. a common small falcon, Falco tinnunculus, of northern parts of the Eastern Hemisphere, notable for hovering in the air with its head to the wind.
2. an uncommon electric car concept, auto luscious electricus, of the Canadian province of Alberta, notable for its small environmental footprint and sweet design.
The images show what seems to be a successful approach to city car packaging, managing a four-seat configuration within a minimal amount of space. An extreme cab forward design has the door comprising part of the front wheel well, but the "box" approach is avoided. Instead, the eyes are treated to a nice upward sweep of movement along the sides that, hopefully, distracts from a somewhat less uninspiring nose.
Hit the jump for the official press release. Additionally, we have an excellent video of the aforementioned EV 2010 VÉ Conference and Trade Show, featuring appearances by lots of plug-in vehicles and a good look at a certain door.