Design Concept of the Day: Renault 4Lectric

July 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

The 4Lectric, by French designer Charlie Ngheim, is one of 50 concepts shortlisted from 3200 entries for the Renault 4Ever/Design Boom competition. Renault asked designers to reinterpret its classic, minimalist and utilitarian 4 for the modern age, and Ngheim’s concept clearly echoes the stripped-down but instantly recognisable styling of the original – but it’s all-electric, with solar-film windows and solar roof to supplement its two batteries, a to-grid connection to supply back surplus electricity, and a large proportion of fully-recyclable, locally-built components. It’s also – like the original – intended to be simple to make and maintain throughout the world, with as few parts as possible. Full gallery of pictures and more about the competition at Design Boom; the winner of the comp will be announced at the end of the month. Top prize? A classic rally-spec Renault 4, driven in last year’s Monte Carlo Historic Rally. (Thanks to @Ecofriend).

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