Firm is displaying this quirky EV concept at the Geneva motor show
1 March 2011

Rinspeed has revealed this concept at the Geneva motor show, described as a modern take on the convertible.

The Swiss firm’s quirky BamBoo EV incorporates a range of concept car features, including colour-changing rollbars to indicate the driver’s mood and an 'Identiface' front grille enabling passengers to display social network site pages or offers for rides.

“This screen-based section replaces the radiator grille, which is mostly redundant on an electric vehicle anyway,” said Rinspeed.

See the official pics of the Rinspeed BamBoo plus a pic at the show

Both the rear seats and roof are inflatable, which can be removed and used as beach blankets, while the glovebox contains a removable HTC tablet device “so BamBoo and its passengers are always connected".

The four-seat concept is available in colours including Salmon and Lobster, while the red interior’s thread is made entirely from bamboo. The chassis is made from steel and it rides on 17-inch aluminium alloy wheels.

Its is powered by a 72bhp electric motor and has a top speed of 75 mph.

Dan Alcock

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