For decades the shape of cars and bikes was influenced by the requirements set by fossil fuel engine technology. A petrol car requires cool air to reduce the engine heat. It triggered designers to create air intakes in the front of cars which became a vital tangible of the image of most brands. The fuel tank between the steering bar and the seat of a motor bike is what creates the ‘gestalt’ of a bike. The power and performance of a sports car is endorsed by the number, shape and size of its exhausts. All these examples loose their relevancy when the power plant is for instance electric.
New engine technology, whether it is electric with batteries, fuel cell or electric with a range extender offers new possibilities in design. The Toyota i-road, Renault Twizy or the Nissan Blade Glider are just examples of revolutionary designs with electric propulsion. The impact of electric power systems on designs of means of transportation is not limited to cars. Above is an example from the bike industry of a new type of vehicle which is a bicycle or a motor bike. Which is it? You decide after you Continue reading