Rinspeed Prepping New Intelligent Mobility Concept for Geneva Show

By KBB.com Editors on January 7, 2010 8:09 AM

Perpetual automotive idea incubator, Rinspeed, has revealed it's working on a new personal transportation concept that will leverage the potential of combining a zero-emissions electric urban commuter with rail transport and the Internet. The vehicle in question is called the UC -- for "Urban Commuter" or "You See" and will be on display this March at the Geneva Auto Salon.

The innovative Swiss design house created the UC with series production in mind, and claims to be engaged in "intensive dialogues at the highest levels" with a number of manufacturers and suppliers about making it a reality. Measuring just 8.2 feet in length, this diminutive two-passenger urbo-runner will feature joystick controls, be able to hit 68 mph and run up to 75 miles on a single charge. To expand the UC's total utility, Rinspeed CEO Frank M. Rinderknecht sees it working in concert with a dedicated railcar loading system that would extend the car's de facto range and also contain a mobile carport with a dedicated battery charging station. Owners would be able to book passage on one these rolling garages via the Internet.

According to Rinspeed, the UC has the potential to interweave individual and public transport in an intelligent and novel manner that embraces the new reality of transportation in the 21st century. "We want to create a community of people who are open for a new definition of mobility."