E1 Ecodrive electric taxi

Some cars are retrofitted to accommodate passengers in wheelchairs, but the electric E1 Ecodrive is designed from the ground up to be operated by wheelchair-based drivers. With its front-opening cockpit reminiscent of the BMW Isetta, the intention of the E1 isn't just to give drivers with limited use of their legs a way to get around; it's intended to provide them with a job.

The E1 is aimed at the taxi market. Behind the driver is space for four passengers, who sit facing each other as in a mini-airport shuttle. Wide, upward-swinging doors at the side mean that the passengers also have easy in-out access.

At the moment, the E1 exists only as a set of digital renderings. However, the design team is seeking investment to turn the futuristic taxi into a prototype and eventually into a production vehicle.

E1 Ecodrive taxi
  • E1 Ecodrive taxi
  • Image Credit: Juan Mendoza
E1 Ecodrive design 1
  • E1 Ecodrive design 1
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E1 Ecodrive design 2
  • E1 Ecodrive design 2
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E1 Ecodrive Design 3
  • E1 Ecodrive Design 3
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E1 Ecodrive Taxi Rear quarter
  • E1 Ecodrive Taxi Rear quarter
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E1 Ecodrive Taxi from side
  • E1 Ecodrive Taxi from side
  • Image Credit: Juan Mendoza
E1 Ecodrive taxi from front
  • E1 Ecodrive taxi from front
  • Door open to allow access by wheelchair bound driver.

  • Image Credit: Juan Mendoza


[Source: Treehugger | Photo: Juan Carlos Mendoza Collazos]

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