Before today’s sustainability boosters, there were hippies, and they loved the Volkswagen Microbus.
With its bulbous, van-like body, the Nimbus E-Car concept looks like the modern successor to the old VW.
According to Gas 2, the E-Car was created by Brazilian artist Eduardo Galvani, and was designed to be constructed out of lightweight carbon fiber, aluminum, and titanium.
Power comes from a 130-kilowatt (180 horsepower) electric motor, and the E-Car features on-demand four-wheel drive. There’s also an onboard microgenerator for backup battery-pack charging.
Unlike the spartan Volkswagen Microbus, the E-Car features plenty of modern technology, including a tablet-controlled infotainment system and plenty of outlets and USB ports for other devices.
Brazil was the VW’s last stand; it went out of production there last year. Could the E-Car rise from its ashes and become the country’s new utility vehicle of choice, or will it remain an intriguing concept?