• Mar 29th 2011 at 7:50AM
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ECOmove QBEAK – Click above to watch video after the jump

After spending the Danish winter stuck inside – no doubt hanging upside down from the ceiling of someone's spacious white-walled loft because the little city commuter is just cool like that – the QBEAK by ECOmove has finally made it out of doors and was recently seen rolling happily along in the Spring sun. Luckily for us, the event was filmed and that original footage has been used in a promotional video from the company.

Also included in this new flick is a rendering of the QBEAK looking much more practical with a roof and a complete greenhouse. It's a pretty straight-ahead design without any swoops that might impinge on rear passenger head space. Interestingly, we're informed in a graphic that it has electric sliding doors and while we don't see them in motion, the original video does show it open, revealing a floor partially cut away to allow the driver easy access to his center-mounted seat. Hit the jump for some QBEAK promo action along with the complete original rolling footage.



[Source: ECOmove]





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      • 4 Years Ago
      it has a sort of festive beach car look like maybe Rinspeed would make but like Rinspeed's cars I'm concerned it lacks a connection to reality.
      I guess the central seating position is so it can be sold in both right and left side drive countries but that seems like a very significant design compromise for that gain.
      and I still deplore the lack of emphasis on aerodynamics. the name Qbeak which I'm not too fond of by the association with a beak, suggests a play on the word cubic which is the antithesis of aerodynamics.
      I'd like to be supportive of my fellow Dane's car factory but I just can't believe in the directions taken. I know it's not easy having the actual responsibility and having to make everything work but making a commercial car product, an electric one at that, is an area where you can't afford to miss many opportunities and make semi random decisions.

      it's frustrating to feel that their current direction will be unsuccessful when they might have a real chance of success if they listen to the need for aerodynamics.

      their site claims they will launch the model in spring of 2012. that's a short timeframe to go from CG to series production.
      it also states that Jens Moberg has become chairman of directors. Moberg was head of Project Better Place in Denmark iirc.

      • 4 Years Ago
      That steering wheel cries out for a shot of Nipper, cocking his head. Not sure why they chose the RCA Victor cone model over the basic steering wheel. If you're going to be ground-breaking, why not go all the way and use a joystick?

      Other than that, I like this little creature.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I like the hub motors -- this means it could be 4 wheel drive, with full traction control possible, and 4 wheel regenerative braking, as well. The packaging looks very tight and flexible.

        Having the driver in the center, it makes it possible to have better front crash protection -- the whole front end can be used to protect the driver; even in an offset front end crash.

        This is similar to the T25/T27 but that may be because this seating arrangement is a good one for small cars. Nothing else in this design is even close to those Murray designs.

        Neil
      • 4 Years Ago
      Holy panel gaps Batman! :p Btw does anyone else think that theres a Gordon Murray T25 underneath that horrible body?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm sure the prototype is not necessarily indicative of what a production vehicle would be?

        Neil
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is the name of this QBEAK or QBEAT? The title and the videos say QBEAK, and the link at the beginning of the post says QBEAT...

      In general, I really like this design.

      Neil
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thanks for that. It is QBEAK. For some reason I keep calling it QBEAT in my head and sometimes type it and (usually) fix it.
        Fixed.
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