THE FUTURE IS HERE.
THE WORLD OF CARS IS GOING TO CHANGE BECAUSE WE ARE GOING ELECTRIC. THERE’S NO WAY AROUND THE FACT THAT THE COMBUSTION ENGINE IS REACHING ITS ZENITH AND ELECTRICITY IS STARTING TO REPLACE OIL.
WHAT WILL THIS MEAN FOR US?
Everyone talks about how it will change the way cars drive, and the way we use them. But what about the way they look? We asked a designer to explain to us what we can expect.
“E-MOBILITY WILL DRAMATICALLY CHANGE THE TECHNICAL BASE OF OUR VEHICLES AND WITH IT THEIR FORMAL ARCHITECTURE AND CHARACTER.”
Marko Jevtic, exterior designer
Have you ever noticed that most cars have a ‘face’? A radiator grille for the mouth, headlights for eyes. With an electric motor, there’s no need for a radiator. Designers will have to find something else to define a car’s character. That’s especially true as LED and laser technology making headlights less prominent.
THE CHANGES DON’T END THERE, THOUGH. EVEN MORE IMPORTANT WILL BE WHAT ELECTRIC DOES TO THE CAR’S PROPORTIONS.
“ELECTRIC MOTORS ARE QUITE SMALL. MEANWHILE, BATTERIES ARE LARGE. WE CAN PUT THEM ALMOST ANYWHERE WE WANT. IN THE FLOORPAN, FOR EXAMPLE. WE DON’T NEED A PROTRUDING FRONT BONNET ANYMORE. BUT IF WE CHOOSE TO HAVE IT, WHAT DO WE PUT IN THERE?”
The newly found freedom of expression allows the designers to completely change how our cars look. Some of them may use the whole length of the car for cabin and cargo space, like Volkswagen’s designers have done with their I.D. Buzz concept car. This way, the cars can become shorter and at the very same time more spacious, but it will also change their image to that of a small ‘van’.
The other approach is to keep the traditional proportions with large front bonnet and use it for something else, like a “frunk” (front trunk) instead of an engine bay. This is the direction Tesla has taken with all of its models. ŠKODA, on the other hand, did keep the long bonnet for its VISION E concept car.
Here at ŠKODA, we have a lot experience with both clever and practical cars and with ways to use the front end with no engine. We’ve built a lot of cars in the past with the engine in the rear while leaving the front for the luggage – and we managed to give them a distinctive ‘face’ even without the grille.
Either way we choose – and we may choose all of them at once – the dawn of electric cars will be immensely exciting both for designers and for us as customers.