In a world where sustainability is on everyone’s mind and fossil fuel consumption is literally looked down upon – Electric vehicles are slowly and steadily taking over the world! Electric vehicles are dumping age-old fossil fuels and instead run on large traction batteries that are in turn powered by charging equipment. They may not run on motors, but they still manage to be sleek, fast and powerful. And we’ve put together a collection of EV designs that we thought were the best! From a bold, redesigned DeLorean EV to a transforming electric vehicle that goes from a two-wheel e-bike to a self-balancing unicycle – these innovative and groundbreaking cars promise to be the future of commuting and urban cars!
1. DMC DeLorean EV
This iconic car is all set to hit the spotlight on August 18, 2022, at the prestigious Awards Ramp at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. From what we see in the teaser image, the EV is going to follow the standard with a modern silhouette and this concept is giving our imaginations wings. If we ignore the rear that looks more like the Bugatti Chiron, the EV could be quite similar to what we see in these renders. A bold form factor with an intimidating front could be on the cards. The side profile should be sharp and flowing with a supercar-like dominance, but also bend slightly towards the coupé persona.
2. 2023 Subaru Solterra EV
This is the first-ever all-electric vehicle in Subaru’s lineup. The EV is powered by the 72.8 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that sits between the axles and generates 215 horsepower and 249 pound-feet of torque. The car goes from 0-60mph flat in just 6.5 seconds, which is good considering this is an EV. Solterra has a very low center of gravity and soft suspension that makes it a little jittery when cornering tight. The silver lining here, however, is the high ground clearance of 8.3 inches and the multiple levels of regenerative braking controlled via the paddles mounted on the handlebars.
3. 2022 Nissan Ariya EV
Nissan’s design brief for this car was ‘Timeless Japanese Futurism’, which allowed the design team to use key Japanese words to inspire their global design team to create the Ariya’s exterior, words like sleek, sharp and seamless. The overall design is definitely futuristic, but the most appealing part of the exterior to me is the front grille, which looks like a traditional grille but has some notable features. Nissan calls their grille a “shield” instead, as it shields hi-tech cameras, radar and sensors that aid in the car’s self-driving system and ACC.
4. The Zeva Zero
The Zeva Zero looks more like a flying saucer than a flying car, even though its goals and some technologies are similar to other attempts to create personal transport vehicles that traverse the skies to avoid terrestrial traffic. First, using vertical takeoff and landing, also known as VTOL, makes it more similar to a helicopter than an airplane. On the one hand, this has the advantage of saving parking space, because the flying saucer launches and lands upright, unlike what you would expect from a flying disc. This even has the advantage of allowing the Zeva Zero to “dock” vertically against building walls with a system the startup calls SkyDock.
5. DeLorean E
This concept rendering by transportation designer Onkar H digs in to what a DeLorean of the future will look like. Of course, it has to be electric to stand a chance of longevity in the hotly contested car market that is undergoing a metamorphosis for a near future dominated by electric vehicles. An electric DeLorean E powered by 4 powerful motors and a mid-mounted battery is what the passionate fans will grab with both hands. After all, it kills two birds with one stone: owning a classic piece of history that doesn’t sound alienated in the EV landscape.
Titaa is a dual-purpose electric vehicle that can transform from a two-wheeled e-bike into a self-balancing unicycle. While riding manual unicycles may be too much of a learning curve for most, self-balancing electric unicycles sound more like something we could all get behind. A unicycle with just that kind of mechanics conceptualized by Husky Design, Titaa is a modular dual-purpose vehicle that can be transformed from a bicycle into a self-balancing unicycle.
7. Audi Urbansphere
This luxurious EV concept on 24-inch wheels is tuned for an era of progressive mobility in which Level 4 autonomous driving will be more than usual, with the digitally dominated cabin space making a detour to a more communal and open design. Unsurprisingly, the Urbansphere has backrests that recline 60 degrees and a retractable footrest means occupants can ride in utmost luxury. Audi plans to add a large-sized and transparent OLED screen that pivots vertically downwards from the glass roof to divide the two rows of seats, much like a taxi divider.
8. The IBO
The IBO mood board features Frank Lloyd Wright’s avant-garde architecture, most notably the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, which defied architectural standards with its unique spiral shape. The continuous and clean lines “represent the American car revival of the 1980s,” said car designer Ángel Álvarez of IBO’s design team. The IBO shatters the perception that a good, reliable pickup should look edgy like a Cybertruck, opting instead for smooth, curved surfaces — think Baymax, but a car.
Baptized as ‘Evanora’ or Greek for ‘gift from the gods’, Dhanak’s concept fits into Lotus’ tradition of naming their vehicles that begin with the letter E. Dhanak’s approach to designing the car deviates from standard practice of taking a top-down approach. Although most car designers have an internal frame almost ready, they always start with the outside and work their way in. Dhanak, on the other hand, designed an exterior structure to complement the interior structure. The skeletal bodywork you see is designed to clad just the chassis, resulting in an aesthetic that is literally as minimal as it gets.
10. The Polestar O2
The Polestar O2 capitalizes on an upward trend set by self-driving cars. Sure, the O2 isn’t a self-driving concept, but just as self-driving cars have redefined what sitting in a car means (you’re not a passenger anymore – you’re a traveler in a moving room), the O2 has shifted the focus from driving to ‘ enjoy driving.” The Polestar O2, just announced, isn’t your average EV… it’s an EV that wants you to be both at the wheel and in the driver’s seat. The car comes with an accompanying drone in the trunk that deploys on command and films you from flattering angles so that you are literally the star of your own Fast and Furious movie.