German company EDAG has revealed that it will preview the open source Light Car study concept at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. The study concept which measures 4 meters long, 1.70 meters wide and which has a wheelbase of 2.90 meters long is fully electric and emissions free. With electric drive systems in the wheels, it can deliver up to 150 kilometers in terms of driving range with power supplied by a lithium ion battery pack.
The 5-seater study concept is built out of a new material called basalt fiber. According to EDAG, lightweight basalt fiber which is to be utilized in the construction of rotors for large-scale wind power plants in the future, is 100% recyclable and is in fact cheaper than aluminium or carbon, and that it is also available indefinitely.
Most interesting about the study concept is that the driver can alter certain design elements of the vehicle depending on his/her mood. The driver can change the contours of the head lights according to personal taste. This customization concept is also featured on the inside of the vehicle, enabling the driver to basically “re-arrange” the dash area!
Meaning, the driver can “put” the tachometer or the climate control gauges where ever he/she pleases within a designated area on the dash. The driver can individually configure his/her cockpit as far as size, position and style of the instruments is concerned. How cool is that? Its like a desktop PC with four wheels, which is actually what EDAG is trying to achieve.
The driver can also customize the tail lights on the tail gate and it does not stop there. It also serves as a communication device with the ability to project coloured messages. For instance, the braking force applied by the driver can be communicated to the vehicle behind by means of an illuminated scale on the back of the car.
Other information such as a distance reading or if there is the tail end of a traffic jam ahead, can be clearly displayed on the back of the car, even if the vehicle behind does not have a car-to-car communication system of its own. Furthermore, the driver of the car behind can see the information straight away, without the need of taking his/her eyes off the road! Continue reading to view a short video clip.