Alas, it’s neither an Autobot nor a Decepticon. But it’s really nice to look at. Concepts are often too far out for comfort, but this green Plug In Electric Cycle or PIET is another shining example of German ingenuity in the face of shifts in manufacturing trends.
The model pictured above was rendered by Lorenz Nasdal, who wants to capitalize on the proliferation of electric charging stations in the near future. What we find endearing about the vehicle is its stark simplicity and apparent lack of flash—all function and pure form. It’s also quite obvious the PIET is for use in an urbanscape filled with pedestrians and where space is tight, which is the crux of contemporary tricycle designs. As concepts go, there aren’t any specs, which is what makes concepts fun since the engineering and production reality comes last.
Here’s how the PIET was descried in its profile:
“Plug-in electric tricycle, an environmentally friendly vehicle for the modern-living urban inhabitant, combines the advantages of a motor scooter with those of a car – small and agile but still comfortable and secure. The driver is protected by a frame, which surrounds the head and can be folded upward. The energy of the wheel hub motor comes from a battery pack under the seat.
Car sharing concepts are the future of urban mobility, so P.I.E.T. will be available at many charging stations.”
Via DviceFiled Under: Concepts & Design, Design News