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Icona charges in with concept EVs

Fuselage and 3WM concepts will be unveiled at Auto Shanghai 2011

Andrew Noakes

Sunday, 17 April 2011 00:08

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Design and prototyping group Icona Shanghai has released these official pictures of two new electric vehicle concepts which will be seen in public for the first time at the Auto Shanghai show next week.

Fuselage (above) was designed by Icona design director Samuel Chuffart and is a said to demonstrate how "a four-seater sedan can evolve into an elegant and sporty profile." It has a long 2870mm wheelbase to provide excellent interior space, and a single upward-opening canopy door. Inside the floating dashboard and centre console are said to have been inspired by fighter jet design.

Fuselage is powered by four 25kW electric wheel motors, with electricity stored in a centrally-located 15kWh battery pack weighing 360kg. It is said to offer a top speed of 200km/h (124mph), acceleration from 0-100km/h (62mph) in 4.5sec and a range of 220km (136 miles). Icona also says it has engineered a range extender using a small-capacity engine "running at stable low speed" to recharge the batteries.

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Icona's second electric vehicle concept is 3WM (above), a three-wheeled personal mobility vehicle which the company says has a 150km range and 0-100km/h (62mph) acceleration in 5.0sec.

3WM is steered using a steering wheel but leans like a motorcycle in corners thanks to a computer controlled electromechanical tilting system.


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