Famed former BMW head of design Chris Bangle has revealed the latest project from his independent design house - the Redspace electric city car, to be produced by Chinese EV lorry manufacturer CHTC Group.
At 2.97m long, which is over 8cm shorter than the original Mini, the aim of Redspace is to maximise interior space for passengers, while occupying very little roadspace. The Redspace’s turning circle is smaller than that of a Smart Fortwo, although Redspace is taller and narrower. The car’s intended use is for inner-city driving in Chinese megacities, with seating for four on the move, and five when stopped.
Bangle insists that the car is not a concept, but instead previews a production model, building of which will begin with in a short, but unspecified timeframe. It’s a full-functioning prototype, and at earlier stages of development achieved promising crash test results thanks to an aluminium spaceframe, which surrounds the battery pack.