Electric vehicles have been around for a long time now and for the most part, they all stick to traditional automotive form factors. A French firm called Iris has a new EV dubbed the Viseo that is a combination of an EV and one of those observation platforms you see in mall parking lots during the holidays that lift police officers into the air for a better view.
The Viseo is a car platform with a strange looking upright single seat cockpit that can be raised up 9.8-feet into the air. The cool part is that the cockpit can be raised up into the air nearly ten feet while the vehicle is driving. The driver retains complete control over the car no matter where the cockpit is thanks to electro-hydraulics.
The Viseo certainly won’t catch criminals in a chase situation, it has a top speed of only 15mph. Power comes from a 127hp electric engine with electricity stored in a 48V battery. The body of the car is made of polyester fiber and the manufacturer says that 95% of the car is recyclable. Viseo can drive for 52 miles on a single charge and it needs eight hours to recharge fully. The vehicle is aimed mostly at law enforcement and sells for around $48,000 (EUR 45,000).