Electric car can be transported from city to city by train
3 March 2010

Concept car specialist Rinspeed has shown off its UC? electric car at the Geneva motor show.

It measures 2.5 metres in length, has a top speeed of 68mph and a range of 75 miles, and has been designed to fit in a rail carriage so it can be transported from city to city. UC? takes its name from both Urban Commuter and the phrase "You See?".

See the Rinspeed UC? pics

Concept car touches feature strongly; it has a joystick instead of a steering wheel.

"It’s a new and highly emotional web-based car that interweaves individual and public transport in an intelligent way," said Rinspeed boss Frank Rinderknecht.

Rinspeed says the car has been designed with production in mind and that it is in talks with manufacturers to turn its creation into a reality.

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18 December 2009

[quote Autocar]"It’s a new and highly emotional web-based car that interweaves individual and public transport in an intelligent way," said Rinspeed boss Frank Rinderknecht.
[/quote]Where do they get this stuff?

18 December 2009

I think this could well be the new Fiat Topolino. It's smaller than a 500 and the Panda and I think the front and rear lights come from Fiat parts bin (front - 500, rear Alfa Mito). Who knows......

18 December 2009

The design looks like a cross between a Smart Fortwo and a Fiat 500.

18 December 2009

[quote Autocar]and has been designed to fit in a rail carriage so it can be transported from city to city.[/quote]

What on earth would be the point in putting your car & yourself on a train, going to another city, then taking your car off again to use it in that city? By the time youve fannied about booking in, loading your car onto the train, securing it etc, then got a train journey & gone through the same rigmarole unloading it at the other end, you could have driven to the other city, done whatever you went there for & driven home again!!!

currently a happy owner of a Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin :)

19 December 2009

lol true but your going from say London to glasgow I guess it would make sense. The shuttle doesn't seem to take that long to load.

15 February 2010

Definitely Fiat-esque as others have said.

I suppose if there are charging points on the train and your car can arrive fully charged, then it makes a sort of sense - almost. But I am scratching about here...

15 February 2010

But I dread to imagine how much the rail companies would rip us off to do this. This car could have been a key factor in John Prescott's much prattled about, but conveniently forgotten, "Fully Integrated Transport Policy". Can't see it happening because I can't imagine anyone committing themselves to the substantial investment required, least of all any government in the cash-strapped future.

15 February 2010

Fiat 500 front, and switch gear, from the side it has the profile of the Four-two. What conceptual about this? rip off Fiat with a bit of leather cladding and some marketing Boll-cks form some small time boss. How desperate are Rinspeed?

If your going to come up with a concept car surely the ethos is to create something new and exciting that will showcase future design and technology trends instead of do what this car has done and showcase what's already available form most other manufacturers.

I really can't believe they have wasted our time with this let alone there time

15 February 2010

Wouldn't it make more sense to simplify this and have pool cars? It’s really quite stupid you drive to your departure station and leave your car with hundreds more if you can find a space. Then when you arrive at your destination and need a car for a short trip there is a car park full of cars you can’t use.

It seems silly to transport cars all over the country when there is perfectly good cars not in use at your destination. I think the pool car schemes offer a potential solution but haven’t covered all the bases yet.

3 March 2010

Fiat 500 doors, boot lid, front lights. Alfa Romeo MiTo rear lights. Hmm. Bit of a pattern there. Still, it's an interesting concept.

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