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Geneva Preview: Rinspeed BamBoo Concept

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On: Mon, Dec 6, 2010 at 10:21AM | By: Chris Weiss


Geneva Preview: Rinspeed BamBoo Concept

We may still have Detroit to go through, but that's not stopping some companies from previewing their Geneva-bound wares. The Swiss design firm Rinspeed pulled the covers off its BamBoo concept planned for the show. In a medley of green design, Rinspeed strips the automobile of everything but the basics and equips the concept with a no-emissions, electric powertrain in a concept that looks perfectly suited to long summer days on the beach.

Though it's appearance may speak to the contrary, the BamBoo isn't actually made out of bamboo. At least I don't think it is—that would be kind of ridiculous. However, the concept does use bamboo for the wood accenting in the interior.

Rinspeed's chief Frank Rinderknecht says of the concept: "Anyone not blinded by horsepower orgies, chrome tinsel, and top-speed frenzy should take a closer look."

A simple concept, for relaxed, breezy lifestyle.

The concept is described as a "grown-up golf cart" and is meant to evoke nostalgia for the 1970s, St. Tropez, and Brigitte Bardot. The concept definitely looks like it would be more at home on a seaside county highway or directly on the sand than on a serious commute. It's airy, open design and canvas roof really wouldn't be kosher much of anywhere outside of surf-culture-laden, seaside communities.

The company hasn't yet released the details on the concept's powertrain outside of stating that it will be a battery-powered electric. The car also has an interesting accessory: a folding, electric scooter that will let you park the car and navigate the strip or boardwalk.




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