Design Concept of the Day: SPA ‘Luxury EV’

November 6, 2014 § Leave a comment

SPA designOnly a brief promise at the moment, but historic brand SPA (Società Piemontese Automobili), revived, is to partner with OSVehicle on a ‘luxury’ EV. OSVehicle (“enabling new-start-ups in the electric and hybrid vehicle industry”, creator of the TABBY and Urban TABBY platforms) is to supply its open-source vehicle platform to SPA; more (admittedly, not much) here.  Looks like a retro-style, ultra-low production-run coachbuild special, at this stage, reflecting the design of the original racing SPA machines but reinterpreted into a more streamlined modern form (clues at the bottom of the pic?). SPA, in its new guise, appears to be positioning itself as a product design consultancy, with the creation of a centre called SPA Innovation Design; its initial sketches show a bicycle, a watch and a briefcase as well as a car, and the blurb released so far mentions the creation of “unique high-end cars, mainly hybrid and/or electric”. Nonetheless, its first product – ahead of the luxury EV – is going to be the Bicicletto, a two-wheeler e-bike, as announced this week at the EICMA 2014 motorcycle show in Milan; a light quadricycle is to follow.

And also at the EICMA show… a rather different retro-look e-motorcycle, the off-road Bylot e-formidable; the Energica EVA ‘streetfighter’ superbike prototype; the European premiere of the Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric prototype; the latest Brammo range and the KTM Freeride E electric enduro bikes, which together suggest a pretty decent turnout from the electro-mobile end of the industry.

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