The venerable Isetta was tiny, cheap and nimble transportation in post-World-War-II Europe. In this day of $4-a-gallon gas, could a similar car be an attractive alternative? That's the question University of Applied Arts graduate Tony Weichselbraun asked as he endeavored to imagine a modern Isetta.

Tony calls his interpretation the eSetta, with the "e" indicating an electric motor in place of the original Isetta's gasoline-powered motorcycle engine. Such a small package couldn't hold much of a battery pack, but it doesn't need to in Tony's plan. The eSetta would be part of a car sharing system where the little cars would be charged via induction stations where the eSetta could be borrowed and returned.

For now, the eSetta is only a concept, but its familiar retro look and frugal philosophy could do well for short trips in a compact urban center.


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      Neil Blanchard
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yeah, this is lukewarm -- the front is a bit odd, and the blacked out windows don't help. This is the ultimate city car, though. Neil
        SVX pearlie
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Neil Blanchard
        "the blacked out windows don't help" That's because it's an exterior render, only. The stylist didn't design an interior.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      Don't do it.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Pretty please someone make this a reality. I would buy one in a heartbeat...
      EZEE
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wasn't picking on the Nash, I really like it. I got to visit a shop in Georgia that restores the Nash and then sells them all over the planet. All they do. I had seriously thought of buying one, as they were like new, and could be used as daily commuters. One cannot look at a Nash without smiling. It's simply impossible.
      Naturenut99
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just when you think they can't make a stranger or uglier car... They do.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 2 Years Ago
      no emphasis on aero, maybe no emphasis on crumple zone. not a huge fan of the look but I like a small car like that like the Twizy. if done right
        Nick
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        Aero is fairly useless in city driving ya know? A 1000kg aero EV with a long wheelbase and aerodynamic body would still burn more gas than a 800kg micro car in city driving. The only advantage of aero is at higher speeds..
      • 2 Years Ago
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      EZEE
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh come on people.... Stuff like this is great. The original...the Nash Metropolitan....the Mazda 3 (with the huge grin)....makes driving fun.
        SVX pearlie
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        The Mazda 3 is huge compared to the Isetta.
          Brett
          • 2 Years Ago
          @SVX pearlie
          I think he was referring to how the 3's styling doesn't take itself too seriously. He's talking fun-factor, not size.
        EVnerdGene
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        I've had several Mazda's including a Miata. I won't be buying another one until they get off the poo-eating-grin kick.
        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        "the Nash Metropolitan" The E Nash! The Nash-E! :) Good idea except they already have them at any amusement park driving around in the Bumper Car ride. ;)
      Letstakeawalk
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not bad, could be a lot of fun!
        Rento
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Letstakeawalk
        After "Spec" comment, I read that as "Not badda, could be a lot of a funna!" . I totally agree(a)
      Joeviocoe
      • 2 Years Ago
      Art students should not pretend to be engineers
      Rick
      • 2 Years Ago
      What will it be called "the Coffin".
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