Nicole Jewell

Futuristic Nimbus E-Car is a Cute Hybrid Microbus Perfect for the Eco-Conscious Road Warrior

by , 06/22/14
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Once seen as a passing fad for those that could afford them, hybrid vehicles have come very far in terms of energy efficiency and design over the last decade. The inspirational Nimbus e-Car, however, takes hybrid automotive design to a whole new (and adorable) level. Created by Brazilian artist and designer, Eduardo Galvani, this all-terrain electric minibus is a concept e-car made for serious energy conscious road warriors who want to travel in style.



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The Nimbus runs with a 130Kw (180hp) electrical engine lithium-ion battery that works in conjunction with the car’s micro combustion generator. Additionally, a rooftop array of solar photovoltaic cells generates even more energy for the car’s needs and a regenerative brake mechanism lets the car conserve as much kinetic energy as possible.

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The body of the car is built with strong and lightweight materials such as carbon fiber, titanium and aluminum, all chosen for their low energy consuming properties. In addition to the car’s environmental-conserving properties, the Nimbus also offers adventurous drivers a full panoramic glass windshield and on-demand four-wheel drive.

Due to its lightweight build and stocky stature, the Nimbus is perfect for adventure and exploration applications, but that doesn’t mean it needs to go completely off the grid. The five seater offers a variety of all-encompassing technology for today’s tech-savvy driver such as an onboard wi-fi hub and is equipped with quite a few USB ports and power outlets. A 7-inch tablet can be found in the center consule and features data from the on-board inclinometer, altimeter and weather station. The tablet also controls the car’s audio system, lighting, temp control and navigational information.

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19 Comments

  1. mitchtoews July 18, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Well done. This is great use of the medium (social media) to EXPOSE an idea before it is 100% ready for launch. Let all those nimble and critical minds out there rough it up a bit. Enthusiastically and for free. Take the hits with a thick skin, incorporate the constructive bits and move on. TESLA is making it work, despite a cavalcade of condescending critics. There is a market for this lil duckling – look on any interstate this month and see 40-year old VW buses kept alive with lots of $ and sweat. The Nimbus concept piggybacks off of the microbus catchet, but adds new tech and a sustainable outlook. And a touch of Japanese KEI car bravura and Euro Ente love.

  2. pinus pinus July 10, 2014 at 7:00 am

    It isn’t a minibus if it only has 5 seat’s – not enough for me. To bad…

  3. Kai Jokela July 1, 2014 at 1:22 am

    You shouldn’t get excited about a consept car that is still… a consept a.k.a. “vaporware”. Why Inhabitat even publishes these fairytale stories?

    I can see a lot of greenwash-promises in this imaginary car. I hate to bring you down to earth, but some claims are just not realistic
    -Vehicle made of expensive carbonfiber, titanium and even relatively cheap aluminum will be very very expensive
    -Lightweight materials alone do not make a vehicle energy efficient, the vehicle needs to be aerodynamic if it’s to be used on highways. This Nimbus vehicle has really bad aerodynamics. I mean very very bad air drag.
    -Offroad driving is very energy consuming, mileage is reduced to a fraction of what it’s on asphalt. An offroad hybrid car WILL use gasoline most of the time (b’cause battery goes empty fast) and using a combustion generator to feed electric motor means it has lower efficiensy than using just a combustion engine alone. Why even use electric motor at all then?
    -Rooftop solarpanels of that size can create less than 100 watts of energy on a sunny day but the motor can suck 130 000 watts at times. It’s better to install the solar panels on home rooftop where there is more surface for larger solar panels and charge the car at home.

    It looks nice though

  4. Alexander Holmes June 27, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    kinda feels like a GWR railcar on tyres, awesome

  5. daniel halsey June 27, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Cons: Looks like expensive tourist vehicle. Super hot in summer (A/C will burn up all the mileage savings), hard to heat (defrost?) in winter. All that glass? Front window will be nicked and cracked in no time with such a direct aspect. Not for off-road. Rear fenders do not extend enough to protect vehicle from tire thrown projectiles. Structurally the front has little support except for the door jams. Seemingly no crumple zone for collisions. A front collision would assuredly cause the vehicle to flip forward onto its not well supported roof, shattering the enclosure.

    Pros: It will create jobs.

  6. Carol Engelmann June 27, 2014 at 6:28 am

    Put me on the list to purchase! Awesome Vehicle! Smart and Good looking! Road Trip!

  7. Amando Crespo June 25, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Oh!… I like it.
    I´d like to have more info about it.
    Thank you

  8. lrag June 25, 2014 at 4:18 am

    Is it real? Why not true photos? I want one!

  9. Lori Taylor Schulte June 24, 2014 at 4:38 am

    This will become this generation’s game changer!

  10. Eric Bar June 21, 2014 at 12:24 am

    Lust – a great safari vehicle, need this in Africa or in the Pantanal.

  11. Terry Poupart June 20, 2014 at 10:30 am

    How can someone get one of these?

  12. Tinyitalian1 June 20, 2014 at 12:11 am

    It looks like the Teenage Mutant ninja turtles van

  13. jotakira June 19, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    WHERE CA I BUY THIS NIMBUS E-CAR AND HOW MUCH IS THE PRICE IN US DOLLARS?

  14. Soltad O'Treasaigh MacM... June 19, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    sweeeet. definitely need the all terrain wheels and lift for the places ill be going with it hahah xD

  15. Darren Irwin June 19, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    How much and when?

  16. Eletruk June 19, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Please explain “carbon fiber, titanium and aluminum, all chosen for their low energy consuming properties.”
    Aluminum requires a lot of energy to refine, titanium requires a lot of energy to machine (because it’s hardness requires more work, and carbon fiber takes a lot of energy all around, first to create, then to mold, and cure. Lightweight yes, low energy consuming, I think not.

  17. Dave Huber June 19, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Very cool. Love the concepting, and that wide front window- like a submarine! but why the all-terrain wheels and lift? I imagine that takes away from the fuel efficiency. Wouldn’t something designed for highways and roads be more practical?

  18. Plasmatech June 19, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Awesome bus. Add our power plant for range-less travel and you have a game changer :-) http://www.endlessenergy.co.za/Summary

  19. Stephanie Ciancio June 19, 2014 at 10:34 am

    How can we encourage the development of this amazing vehicle?

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