26 April 2013

Toyota’s Architect-Designed Concept Car Uses Less Energy

Japanese car manufacturer Toyota teamed up with French architect Jean-Marie Massaud to create an electric car that aims to address the current “economic and environmental” challenges, according to Dezeen.

Described as “anti-crisis”, ‘ME.WE’ is a concept car made using affordable, lightweight materials to reduce energy consumption.

Bamboo is used for the vehicle’s floor, bonnet and horizontal surfaces—not only as a renewable and lightweight resource, but also adding to the aesthetics of the car.

Instead of steel, the car uses aluminium and polypropylene for its body panels—that can also be customized with various colors, textures and patterns.

To transport luggage, users can either store it on the roof of the car, or fold out the boot.

All windscreens on ME.WE are also designed to be retractable—so instead of using the air-con on cool days, users can open all the windows to let breeze in.

What do you think of ME:WE?

[via Dezeen]