• 22Mar

    Rinspeed, one of the leading Swiss car manufacturers, will be introducing their concept car i-Change in the Geneva Motorshow this year. The i-Change is an electric car which can seat three people comfortably.

    What sets the concept car apart is its teardrop bubble top which acts as windshield, door, and sunroof for the car. It’s a highly unconventional model, as should be expected from Rinspeed, which is designed especially for short-distance city driving.

    The car runs on a 370 Nm electric motor which is generated by 567V LiFeP04 (Lithium Iron Phosphate) battery pack. i-Change can run up to 56 miles on three battery packs. Its lightweight design (only 2,300 lbs) depends on aerodynamics. The i-Change’s weight is also responsible for its low power consumption.

    Just because it’s designed for city driving doesn’t mean that the concept car lacks power. Rinspeed sets the i-Change’s top speed at 137mph.

    It has been recently reported that the Seimen’s Corporation Technology Department provided an integrated power system for the i-Change. This comprises of power electronics, a generator, and an interface that’s connected to a battery.

    The i-Change is also said to run on six-speed preselector gearbox extracted from a Subaru WRX unit. The car has been tested on colder weathers, but a fan is installed on the i-Change to keep temperatures adequately cool during the summer. Rinspeed reported that this fan will be powered by solar panels attached to the car’s rooftop.

    Ideally, these solar panels should also help the car’s batteries regenerate and run for a longer time.

    The i-Change also comes with a heater to cope with the temperature drops in the winter. This heater is developed by Eberspächer Group and is configured to run both on electricity and fuel.

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