Iconic Volkswagen buses may be the original hippie mobiles, but there are a lot of things those relics of the 20th century can’t do – like go off-road. Clearly inspired by the VW bus, a new electric car concept brings this classic into a new era with power generating capabilities, panoramic windows and extra safety features for the modern wanderer’s lifestyle.
The Nimbus by Eduardo Galvanis has four driving modes for four different kinds of trips: the energy saver for city driving, standard mode, faster cruise and four-wheel drive. Its electrical engine works parallel to a micro combustion generator to recharge its own lithium-ion batteries, and part of the exterior is covered in solar cells. A regenerative brake mechanism enables the car to capture and convert kinetic energy for additional power.
A multi-function convex dashboard adds GPS and a touchscreen for internet services, maintenance alerts, and control of the sound system, interior lights and air conditioning. Four USB connectors offer gadget charging for multiple passengers, but the large windows looking out onto the scenery might offer a bigger draw than phone and tablet screens.
The Nimbus is safe, too, with six airbags, side protection bars, a back camera and sensors for obstacle detection to make traffic jams and parking safer to navigate.
“Nimbus™ has a Multi Function Convex Driver Dashboard made with flexible screen, which allows a clear view of important information for the driver, including Velocimeter, Batteries Level, GPS, Engine Temperature and more. It also has auto sound/display alerts for other important information and GPS Commands. The driver can easily change functions on the display anytime with a simple touch on the 4 configurable buttons on the steering wheel, using the touchscreen, or voice commands.”
“The Central Display and Controller is a removable touchscreen (7″ diagonal) from which the driver or front seat passenger can control the sound system, interior lights, air conditioning, routes, clock and also access the media browser, inclinometer, altimeter, weather, general vehicle info (tire pressure, washer fluid level, maintenance schedule, etc) and Internet services (such as Skype/social media/E-mail). This central display and controller is integrated with an analog selector for better gradual selection of sounds (music/phone) volume/balance/equalizer, A/C intensity and temperature.”