Gallery: TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The All-Electric Hinterland


Reducing drag is one of the most important considerations in designing an efficient vehicle. Thus when seeking to reinterpret the long-range electric vehicle, designer Martin Aubé of Creative Unit conceived of a sleek shell specially shaped for aerodynamic efficiency. The resulting Hinterland 1 is a cylindrically-shaped four person vehicle defined by its iconic flowing lines and ultra-efficient electric engine.

Aubé designed two models of the Hinterland – a two person “Mini” and a six-seater “Van”. Both models are fully electric, which allows them to reduce the space required by the engine while giving them some serious green cred. The vehicles are intended for city driving, which makes the choice of an electrical motor ideal.

In addition to the vehicles’ efficient electric motors, the Aubé aimed to reducing the Hinterland’s drag as much as possible. Their press release states that at 74mph, “drag accounts for 75% of the car’s energy consumption, with rolling resistance accounting for the remaining 25%”. Granted, this is not a speed that you will be achieving in the city, but every little bit helps. Currently at the conceptual stage, the Hinterland is not scheduled to go into production anytime soon.

+ The Creative Unit

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  1. elepski September 2, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    Ugly is a matter of opinion, jdub

  2. jdub September 2, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    I want to see the CDA numbers on that design because it does not follow the basic principles of aerodynamics.

    Its also ridiculously ugly and design asthetics have to play a part in the overall product in order for it to be successful. While my personal preference may be one thing, a design such as this is very polarizing and this limits mass appeal.

  3. elepski September 2, 2008 at 8:15 am

    I’d rock it…. I would like to to see a Hydrogen combustion engine/hybrid version. The best of both worlds you know.
    Because not everyone lives in the city or even drives in the city.

  4. manujarch September 2, 2008 at 7:26 am

    The shape reminds me of my swift.

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