jeudi 24 décembre 2015

Hemispherio Criativo Nimbus e-Car

Nimbus™ / Landscape © Benjamin Leslie 

The classic VW camper gets a futuristic upgrade.

When driving an automobile, humans may subconsciously modify their perception of themselves and feel the vehicle as a part of their own body, which increases their natural capacities, as in the Ancient Greek Centaur myth. This may be one of the reasons why many people have such a strong connection to their cars. "The more power and autonomy your car has, the more power and autonomy you have." By the same token, the more ecological your car is, more ecological you are.

Nimbus™ meets mountain landscape
The Battle of the Centaurs and Lapiths

Nimbus™ is a concept e-car made for both short distances in urban areas and longer trips in varied terrain. Its hybrid engine and efficient energy consumption system provides greater driving range and energy saving than the all-electric cars.
Nimbus™ has a 130Kw (180hp) electrical engine lithium-ion battery powered which works simultaneously with a micro combustion generator which constantly charges the batteries. The Nimbus™ is built with very strong and lightweight materials, including carbon-fiber, titanium and aluminum, which optimizes its energy consumption (1.30 L/100 km).

Part of its careen is covered with solar panels, allowing Nimbus™ to automatically generate some of its own energy. Its regenerative brake mechanism makes Nimbus™ able to recover and save kinetic energy.

Nimbus™ at studio
Nimbus™ at studio

Drive Assistance
There are four selectable driving modes to improve the range and energy consumption, depending on the circunstances: Energy Saver, Standard TripFaster Cruise and 4WD.

The adjustable Hidraulic Steering Weel, combined with the adjustable seats, allows a very confortable position while driving.
For a better experience parking, Nimbus™ is equipped with sensors for Obstacle Detection (Distance Warning) and a Back Camera which works as a Digital Mirror on its panel's Central Display.

Nimbus™ has a single touch power button to start and turn off the engine, Auto-Pilot technology for cruise control, and a Gearless Automatic Velocity System with Hill Descent Control and no delay in developing torque, granting optimized energy use as well as extremely smooth acceleration and braking.

Nimbus™ at studio
Nimbus™ at studio

Nimbus™ comfortably carries 5 passengers, protected with side protection bars and 6 airbags. Also, its layout is designed to create a Virtual Safe Position, such that driver and passengers seats are elevated. 
Its Panoramic Windows provide maximum visibility of the outside world, increasing both comfort and safety while driving at night or under bad weather conditions.

Nimbus™ meets the mountains
Nimbus™ meets the mountains


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.

Nimbus OS Screens
Nimbus™ OS Screens

Nimbus™ has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity4 USB conectors (2 for front and 2 for back seats) for media browser and recharging, as well as 1 conventional 12V power conector.

It has Self-Cleaning Surfaces, for less water use, and Anti-theft System, with Remote Power Blocker andLocation Detection.

A/C Cold/Hot
Electric doors, Windows and Mirrors

Front/Back Screens Wiping/Defrost
Tyre Pressures and Washer Fluids Level Sensors
Fog Lights (4)Winnowers (2)
Mini Refrigerator (capacity for 8 cans)
Cup/Bottle-Holders (6)

Nimbus™ at studioNimbus™ at studio

2.10 x 4.20 x 2.60 m
Weight 1.620 kg / 3 570 lb
Layout Rear engine
Doors 5
Autonomy 260 to 320 km (160 to 200 mi)
Max Speed 130 to 160 km/h (80 to 100 mph) - 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 60 mph) in 13 seconds
Baggage loading 470 lt (Internal) / 300 lt (Top Suitcase) / 200 lt (Reck) - 600kg / 1322 lb total
Tyres Semi-cross
Brakes ABS
Suspensions Independent

Nimbus™ meets NYC
Nimbus™ meets NYC

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