Nimbus™ e-Car - Future is calling
Concept e-Car / ©2014 Eduardo Galvani
When driving a car, human may experience a subconsciousness process that modifies some perceptions of itself, feeling like if the machine was a part of its own body which increases its natural capacities, as recalls the Centaur ancient greek mith. This may be a psychological reason why some people likes cars very much. "As more power and autonomy has your car, more power and autonomy may have you." By the same way, as more ecological your car is, more ecological may be you.
The Battle of the Centaurs and Lapiths
Nimbus™ is a concept e-car made for short dislocations in urban streets and distant trips in long roads. Its hybrid engine and energy comsumption 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 paralell to a combustion micro generator for constant charging its batteries. Its
structure is built with very strong and light materials, as carbon-fiber, titanium and aluminium, which optimizes its energy consumption (1.30 L/100 km ).
Part of its top careen is covered with sun cells, allowing Nimbus™ to auto generate some of its energy, and its regenerative brake mechanism makes Nimbus™ able to recovery and save kinetic energy.
Nimbus™ at studio
There are four selectable driving modes to improve the range and energy consumption, depending on the circunstance: Energy Saver, Standard Trip, Faster Cruise and 4WD.
The adjustable Hidraulic Steering Weel, combined with the high and adjustable seats, allows a very confortable position
For a better experience on 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 for start/end the engine, also 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 and very smooth acceleration and braking.
Nimbus™ at studio
Nimbus™ has a 5 passenger cockpit with side protection bars and 6 airbags. Also, its layout is designed to create a Safe Virtual Position, where driver and passengers travels distant from the ground.
Its Panoramic Windows provides a wide view from the outside world, increasing the comfort and safety while drinving
during night or under bad weather conditions.
Nimbus™ safe virtual position
Nimbus™ meets the mountains
Nimbus™ has a Multi Function Convex Driver Dashboard, made with flexible screen, which allows a better view from the most important informations for the driver, as Velocimeter, Batteries Level, GPS Commands, Engine Temperature and more. It also has Auto Sound/Display Alerts for important informations and GPS Commands, and driver can easily change functions on display anytime with a simple touch on the 4 configurable buttons at steering wheel, tapping direct on its touchscreen or by voice commands.
The Central Display and Controller is a removable touchscreen (7 inch diagonal) from where is possible to control the Sound System, Interior Lights, Conditioned Air, Routes, Clock and access Media Browser, Inclinometer, Altimeter, Weather, General Car Info (Tyre Pressures, Washer Fluids Level, Maintenance Schedule, etc) as Web Browser and other Internet Services (Skype/Social Media/Messages/E-mail). This Central Display and Controller is integrated with an analogic selector for better gradual selection of sounds (music/phone) volume/balance/equalizer, as the A/C fan power and temperature graduation.
Nimbus™ OS Screens
Nimbus™ has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, 4 USB conectors (2 for frontal and 2 for back seats) for media browser and gadget recharger and 1 conventional 12V power conector.
It has Self-Cleaning Surfaces, for less water use, and Anti-theft System, with Remote Power Blocker and Location Detection.
Nimbus™ meets the iced mountains
Electric doors, Windows and Mirrors
Front/Back Screens Wiping/Defrost
Tyre Pressures and Washer Fluids Level Sensors
Fog Lights (4)
Mini Refrigerator (capacity for 8 cans)
Nimbus™ at studio
Dimensions 2.10 x 4.20 x 2.60 m
Weight 1.620 kg / 3 570 lb
Layout Rear engine
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
Nimbus™ meets NYC
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"The shape of the design study is halfway between the recently discontinued Volkswagen Kombi and an Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, but don't be deceived by that adorable mien – the Nimbus has world-conquering potential."
"It has its own slightly retrofuturistic look, mostly thanks to the chubby, slightly teardrop general shape."
"Taking this rig for a spin could be a driver's dream."
"Der Designer Eduardo Galvani hat ein Update für das klassische Hippie-Mobil ausgetüftelt, wobei dann irgendwie logischer- aber auch absurderweise eine Kreuzung aus VW Bus, SUV und Mondfahrzeug entstanden ist"
"VW Microbus-inspired Nimbus van keeps the dream alive."
"What makes the Nimbus an ideal futuristic road-tripper are its creature comforts. Panoramic windows and an elevated seating position makes it easy to take in the scenery."
"The inspirational Nimbus e-Car takes hybrid automotive design to a whole new (and adorable) level."
"The Nimbus by Eduardo Galvani takes cues from the original VW bus, but then also bakes in some Baja bug and Lunar lander to make a truly go-anywhere family vehicle."
Yahoo! Autos / Bold Ride
"The New Hippiemobile."
"Alors que le dernier exemplaire du célèbre « combi » Volkswagen est sorti de l'usine brésilienne de Sao Bernardo do Campo (en décembre dernier), l'artiste Eduardo Galvani nous propose de poursuivre le voyage avec un véhicule qui pourrait en être le digne héritier : le concept e-car Nimbus."
"Der VW-Bus ist Kult. Aber es geht noch viel besser, wie dieser Designer beweist
Brasilien hat die WM – und Eduardo Galvani."
"It's a bulbous, van-like hybrid that evokes the nostalgia we feel for the classic VW Microbus, but lives in a future world where car design is free to be whimsical — if not a little weird."
"Ob das Nimbus Concept e-Car je in Serie geht, steht in den Sternen."
4 Wheel Fun
© 2014 Eduardo Galvani