There are a lot of ways to describe the Valmet Dawn you see pictured above, but our favorite could be mouthed by Keanu Reeves: Whoa. And then we would expand it to WTF? As in, "Whoa the F?"

That's because Valmet Automotive – the makers of the Fisker Karma, among other vehicles – has wrapped its electric vehicle engineering chops in what is perhaps the most impractical and odd-looking concept vehicle we've ever seen. The Dawn concept is meant to show that Valmet can both research and develop EV components like drivetrains and batteries and put them together into a vehicle, a two-prong approach that Valmet says is a new strategic focus area for the company. With that in mind, perhaps it not a total surprise that Valmet hasn't released any sort of information about the range, power or really any real-world details about the Dawn. Like, for example, what's that blue disc in front? An inductive charger? A 21st Century cow catcher? An Identity Disc?

Valmet says this test bed vehicle "integrates both the component developer and integrator roles. Displaying the battery pack, drivetrain, control unit and charging options, it also shows what ultimately can be achieved in the world of electric mobility, by integrating solutions in an innovative fashion." Innovative. Yeah, that's the word.
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March 02, 2012
Valmet Automotive pursues two-fold approach to EV engineering

Valmet Automotive, a leading service provider for the automotive industry, applies a two-fold approach to EV engineering. The company is reinforcing the R&D efforts, while simultaneously complementing them with an integrator role.

Valmet Automotive is an established global pioneer in electric mobility, both in engineering and manufacturing. With the increasing popularity of electric vehicles, Valmet Automotive has made electric vehicle engineering a strategic focus area.

EV engineering has reorganized and extended its resources to meet the requirements of the two-fold approach. Firstly, in component engineering, R&D focus is on drivetrains and batteries. Valmet Automotive also intends to establish an EV Software Competence Center. Secondly, Valmet Automotive focuses on EV engineering as a solution integrator. With generally low level of component and solution standardization in EVs, a capable integrator is a valuable asset to both established and startup companies.

"For decades, automotive industry has leaned on highly standardized solutions. Now they are no longer applicable; the powertrain for example must be engineered for every EV model separately" comments Markus Hirvonen, Project Manager, Valmet Automotive.

At the Geneva Motor Show, Valmet Automotive presents its competences in EV engineering in a unique way. The demonstrator "Dawn" integrates both the component developer and integrator roles. Displaying the battery pack, drivetrain, control unit and charging options, it also shows what ultimately can be achieved in the world of electric mobility, by integrating solutions in an innovative fashion.

"Valmet Automotive has world class competences in EV components and their integration in a complete vehicle. Our experience in EV engineering, manufacturing engineering and series production are assets to our customers", says Ilpo Korhonen, President, Valmet Automotive.


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      Dan Frederiksen
      • 2 Years Ago
      I blame Sigourney Weaver
        EZEE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        Mmmmmm, sigourney Weaver getting ready to go into the pod toward the end of Alien. Visualizing....
          Letstakeawalk
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          AVP is pretty good for a fun sci-fi flick, but the second one was really disappointing. However, Batman v. Alien v. Predator was inspired! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSxe8E4HRHE
          BipDBo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          I was a big fan of the Alien movies when I was a kid. Personally, I don't see why my parents allowed me to watch them. I was like 6, but I loved those movies. Those and Terminator. They wouldn't let me watch Jaws, though. I guess that was their line, go figure. During Cub Scouts, we had a "car costume" contest. Every other kid made some happy looking car with pastel colors and wheels that looked liked flowers. My car was the APC tank from Aliens. Every kid got a 1st place prize ribbon in some category. They had to make a new category for me, "meanest car." I think my car actually scared some of the other kids, but I know it disturbed some of the other parents. Anyway, I really liked Alien 3. I was young though, so maybe it did suck. I should watch it again The worst one IMO by a long shot, was Resurrection. That one sucked hard core. I never watched Predator vs. Alien. Didn't look like like it was woth the time.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          I thought it was funny because I imagined Ripley hitting the car with a flame thrower and melting it. After having read your explanation Dan, I think it's less funny...
          BipDBo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          Awesome. Best six minutes and twelve seconds you could spend with your clothes on.
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          it was an obscure reference to the disaster Alien 3 which got so bad because Sigourney allegedly wanted creative control. big mistake : ) I'm not sure if it's actually her fault in reality. but seemed appropriate to blame her : )
        Dan Frederiksen
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        really? you vote me down for that one? you don't even know what it means do you : )
          BipDBo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dan Frederiksen
          I thought it was funny, so you got a thumbs up from me. Sometimes, you probably just get voted down for sport.
      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      Over-sized Roomba.
      kishorek142
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is that a f*ing mosquito coil in the front? What a hideous creation! Kill it. Kill it with fire!!
      BipDBo
      • 2 Years Ago
      "A 21st Century cow catcher?" Yes. Since most car companies are focusing their EV marketing efforts in urban markets, Valmet sees a great opportunity in rural areas. DAG NABBIT! Now who in tarnation done melted my car?!
      Ryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      This could be the future of EV racing. It looks like a race car and would probably only be practical on a race track.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ryan
        It could be an interesting spec series racer!
        Letstakeawalk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ryan
        So boring and unimaginative. How do you know it couldn't have adjustable suspension settings that raise and lower the car to suit track conditions? LOL @ nitpicking a concept car!
        BipDBo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ryan
        I doubt that it wouldn't even work on any track, either. I would make a cool display, though at comic con.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 2 Years Ago
      go to the trouble to make a custom car to show off capability and they go with that? they could call it the Valmet WTF. certainly it gets attention but is it the kind you want. they might as well advertise they make fisker karmas : ) I would have suggested a very aerodynamic 500kg fiberglass car with sub 2 second acceleration. electric of course. but maybe a bathtub is just as good
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      k... how does it turn, or go over speed bumps? Back to the drawing board.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        It looks like the wheel covers could be dished enough to let the wheels behind them turn; four-wheel steering would minimize the amount of movement required and would be a plausibly futurific enough solution. Not too many speed bumps on a racetrack, but this is a concept, anyway.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        Look at the Lotus 11 pic I linked below. The front wheels are almost totally faired in.
      Timo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Someone have had fun making that thing. Assuming it can actually move it's main function is probably just to show that they can design curves, put in a drivetrain and attach driver somewhere into that design. As a car that has very little use.
      • 2 Years Ago
      this car = no speed bumps. but it looks cool
      Joeviocoe
      • 2 Years Ago
      What your car will look like after Global Warming melts your chassis.
      methos1999
      • 2 Years Ago
      REALLY!!?? Nobody else has any comments on this thing???
      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      Where do the people fit in it?
        Letstakeawalk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spec
        Looks to be a single seater, in the vein of an enclosed Lotus 11 racer. http://www.thechicaneblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/image002.jpg Pics of similar config Mercedes SLs http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/86/Mercedes-Benz_300_SLR_1955_with_Mercedes-Benz_SLR_Stirling_Moss_McLaren.jpg/800px-Mercedes-Benz_300_SLR_1955_with_Mercedes-Benz_SLR_Stirling_Moss_McLaren.jpg
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