Rinspeed, a Swiss automotive design and conversion company, has a history of presenting far-flung concepts at the Geneva auto show. This year the company doesn't disappoint, offering up a car that can change its shape based on whether it will be used as a one or three seater.
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As an electric vehicle, the iChange needs to be light. Using composite materials for the body, the total weight for the concept is 1,050 kilograms, or about 2,315 pounds.
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Lacking doors, the canopy of the iChange opens up, allowing passengers to get in and out. The sides of the concept are low, so passengers can easily step in.
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In one seater configuration, the canopy sits at its lowest position in the back, making for less aerodynamic drag and optimal performance.
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If you have to carry passengers, the rear of the canopy can be set at a higher position with the push of a button, making the rear seats useful, but increasing drag.
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According to Rinspeed, the car can get to 62 mph in just a little more than four seconds with its 150 kilowatt lithium ion power pack. Top speed is 137 mph.
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Being an electric car, the controls are relatively simple, although its electric motor gets power to the wheels through a six-speed manual transmission sourced from Subaru.
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The instrument display shows a speedometer, with a battery level indicator at the center. Harmon Kardon provided the audio and navigation system for the car. This picture also indicates you can get Internet radio station Pandora.
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Instead of using a key with the iChange, you use an iPhone. Beyond merely starting the car, a custom iPhone application also controls things such as exterior lighting and signals.
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Rear seat passengers get the luxury of a screen for DVD or other video sources.
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