• May 3rd 2012 at 12:01PM
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Applus Idiada e-born3 electric vehicle
  • Applus Idiada e-born3 electric vehicle
  • Applus Idiada e-born3 electric vehicle

  • Applus Idiada e-born3 electric vehicle
  • Applus Idiada e-born3 electric vehicle

  • Applus Idiada e-born3 electric vehicle
  • Applus Idiada e-born3 electric vehicle

  • Applus Idiada e-born3 electric vehicle
  • Applus Idiada e-born3 electric vehicle

  • Applus Idiada e-born3 electric vehicle
  • Applus Idiada e-born3 electric vehicle

  • Applus Idiada e-born3 electric vehicle
  • Applus Idiada e-born3 electric vehicle

  • Applus Idiada e-born3 electric vehicle
  • Applus Idiada e-born3 electric vehicle

Kept under a glass case like a ship in a bottle, the E-Born3 from Applus Idiada at the 2012 SAE World Congress was never meant to roam free. Instead, this clever concept exists mostly to show off the engineering and design skills that Idiada can offer to automakers. But, hidden in the protective covering lies a model that puts various electric drive technologies together in an interesting way.

First, the shape of the electric bus concept is unlike anything like we've seen on the road before, and Idiada's promotional material for the E-Born3 says that the idea was to let functionality lead the design. Thanks to in-wheel motors, the interior is spacious and flexible. The second and third row of seats could be arranged like a living-room (face-to-face) or in the standard, forward facing way. The driver's seat could be set apart, for a chauffeur, or next to a passenger seat for family outings. The back is also big enough that it could hold bikes and two seats, perfect for taxing riders to the starting point of a race. The purely theoretical all-electric powertrain would provide a range of 200 kilometers (124 miles).

If it were built, the E-Born3 would be a commanding vehicle, coming in at over 4.3 meters (14 feet) long with a stormtrooper color scheme. We'd certainly like to see it shuttle people at big events like the Olympics or festivals, or even between airports and hotels.

To be fair, the E-Born3 is an old project, dating back a few years. But did what it was supposed to. Idiada's senior homologation engineer Ian Palmer told AutoblogGreen that Applus Idiada is now working for an automaker in some capacity on a smaller EV project. We know that Idiada was involved with Optimal Energy's Joule EV, so it seems people are interested in seeing what the company can do. You can, too, in the video below.



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      • 8 Months Ago
      I don't think 4.3 metres qualifies as "commanding". That's the same length as a Ford C-Max, so we're talking compact minivan territory here. It looks larger because of its proportions, with a very short front bonnet, but in reality it wouldn't take much more space than an ordinary car.
      paulwesterberg
      • 8 Months Ago
      An interesting concept for carrying people and cargo. It looks like a good taxi design. They would need to add another passenger seat next to the driver to appeal to familyvan drivers. Fro better aerodynamics they should cover the rear wheel.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 8 Months Ago
      seen worse. they gave aero a bit of thought
      MTN RANGER
      • 8 Months Ago
      There is a big need for a EV/PHEV minivan or CUV. I'd love to get one to compliment my Volt. The only ones in the near future that I know of is the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Toyota RAV4 (not enough MPC for road trips though).
        Grendal
        • 8 Months Ago
        @MTN RANGER
        Tesla's Model X fits your criteria. It's a luxury CUV, however, and comes with a price tag to match. Though the 280 mile range is very nice...
        marcopolo
        • 8 Months Ago
        @MTN RANGER
        @MTN RANGER ROC EV manufacturer, LUXGEN Motors 納智捷汽車 , (part of the Yulon Group) has an MPV EV that's exactly what you're seeking. www.luxgen-motor.com/ Peugeot has two PHEV 's in development in MPV configuration. So has Nissan and Mitsubishi. It would be good to see the pioneer of MPV's, Chrysler, produce a EV or even EREV MPV
      Spec
      • 8 Months Ago
      Meh . . . not so bad. The EV mini-van is needed. But this will probably go no where, we need the big boys to step in.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 8 Months Ago
      Looks like an autocad glitch made it to production
      • 8 Months Ago
      1992: http://www.italdesign.it/project/italdesign-columbus-eng
      PriusBlack
      • 8 Months Ago
      Seriously this ~100ish miles range is really lame/ uninspiring, especially for such a large vehicle. EV's really need at least 200 miles of range, and need to be able to be refilled in under 30 minutes in order to make them really competitive with gas powered vehicles. Also, the internal combustion engine drive-train of conventional vehicles will continue to experience iterative improvements as automakers offer better transmissions, direct injection, turbo-charging, variable valves, timing, intake volume, ect, cleaner emissions, better aerodynamics. I am a well know EV enthusiast, but the automakers have to realize that 100 miles real world range is not emotionally compelling. Vehicle purchases are emotional, not rational. They need to follow Telsa's model S philosophy and offer different battery range configurations 160mi, 230mi and 300mi .... that gives people something to get excited about ^^
      JP
      • 8 Months Ago
      EBorn? Try EBortion! Looks like Optimus Prime took a dump and stepped in it! About the only thing they got right is it has four wheels. What a mess.
      Chris
      • 8 Months Ago
      looks like something my 4 year old colored on the back of a book...
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