EDAG Introduces Light Car Concept at Geneva

High energy prices, CO2 discussions as well as the increasing demand for fuel-efficient vehicles make the auto industry's future look... as electric as possible.

Therefore, the idea of launching an environmentally-friendly everyday leisure vehicle at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show was highly welcomed by EDAG. For those who don't know, the German firm is a provider of engineering services also famous for its concept cars like the LUV and the VW Beetle-based Biwak. This time, EDAG comes up with a new concept called the Light-Car-Open Source.

What makes the car unique is the basaltic fibre-100% recyclable material-used for the structure of the vehicle. This raw material is not only lighter and cheaper than aluminum or carbon, but it is also believed to have the same properties of conventional materials.

More importantly, the car features an electric-drive system placed within the wheels and rolling chassis. The lithium-ion batteries will allow a 150-kilometres (93 miles) ride making it appropriate for daily use.

One of the most attractive parts of the vehicle concept is the fact that the car adapts to its driver and passengers and not vice versa. The producers claim that the dashboard can be customized so that the driver places the control gauges wherever he or she wants.

"We have transferred today's multimedia and lighting technology standards to the car, and in future want to offer the customer scope for free configuration, as the entire surface of the vehicle functions like the monitor of a multimedia installation, and can be used intelligently and individually," explains Johannes Barckmann, Head of the EDAG Design Studio.

Last but not least, with the help of state-of-the-art (O)LED technology, EDAG uses the transparent tailgate as a projection screen. This way, car-to-car communication is possible for all motorists.

Just to be more specific and explain how the system works, information like distance reading or if there is the tail end of a traffic jam ahead can be clearly displayed on the back of the car even if the vehicle behind does not have a car-to-car communication system of its own.
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