Design Concept of the Day: Pininfarina Antares
June 22, 2011 § Leave a comment
Isn’t this just the prettiest electric vehicle charging point yet seen? Designed by Pininfarina, built by furniture-maker Metalco and presented last month in Rome at the MoTechEco Sustainable Mobility Show, the Antares is a modular steel and aluminium unit with 20 solar panels and tree-inspired styling. The panels on this initial prototype will generate enough power to charge two cars which average 46 miles a day, and it contains an inverter and meters for monitoring power supply and generation. Its design enables the easy accommodation of a number of cars, thus saving space in car parks or public places. More at Pininfarina Extra, the company’s product/interior design division; the car pictured is the Nido, Pininfarina’s city EV, a prototype built around a structure which can form the basis of a two-seater, a 2+2, a pick-up or a light van, all only marginally larger than a Smart Fortwo. (Thanks to @SmartVehicle).