Eduardo Galvani’s Nimbus Concept e-Car interprets the spirit of the original Volkswagen Kombi, but with its own adorably distinct style, plenty of retro-futuristic touches, and thoroughly modern underpinnings.
Powering the Nimbus is an extended-range hybrid electric drivetrain similar to that in the Chevrolet Volt, with a 130 kW (180-horsepower) electric engine drawing energy from a lithium-ion battery. Regenerative brakes and an array of rooftop solar panels help feed energy back into the system, and when the lithium ion battery becomes depleted there’s a tiny internal combustion engine that can run a generator to power the system and provide extended range.
The body of the Nimbus features a self-cleaning finish on the exterior panels, and uses lightweight materials including carbon fibre, aluminum and titanium to maintain a svelte 1,619-kg curb weight, despite having external proportions just barely shorter than a Mercedes-Benz G550 (4267 mm long) and a full 610 mm taller (2,590 mm tall).
Inside, the cabin features seating for five and panoramic windows for a sweeping view of its surroundings. There is an onboard wi-fi hub, numerous USB plugs, a small refrigerator, and a removable tablet computer. The tablet is loaded with proprietary
Unfortunately for anyone hoping to get their hands on a Nimbus, the vehicle is strictly a concept at this point, unless Galvani can convince a manufacturer to take his design into production. Is Volkswagen ready to embrace a new Brazilian-designed Kombi concept? It’s unlikely, but fans of the old microbus can only dream.
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