By the beginning of this year, German automaker BMW had already released the news about the upcoming Mercedes Benz EQS, the first all-electric Sedan. And a month after that, they committed to make its iconic Minis fully electric by 2030. So clearly, the company understood that the future of carmobility is electric.
This time BMW has unveiled a tangible version of the MINI Vision Urbanaut, a groundbreaking concept that was firstly imagined back in 2020. According to the company, it is not just a car, but a “new vision of space”, as it offers the possibility to be adapted to fit the user and his/her needs.
The EV MINI Vision Urbanaut can be arranged into three different unique moments. First, it’s an urban oasis, which offers a moment of relaxation and concentration; second on the list, it’s a fun ambience to vibe with friends; and finally it can be transformed into the perfect space to travel, a theme called “Wanderlust” that even provides a self-driving mode.
BMW’s e-vehicle opens up a variety of possibilities. According to Bernd Körber, Head of MINI: “The MINI Vision Urbanaut represents our image of how MINI’s ‘Clever Use of Space’ could provide an answer to the needs of future cities and lifestyles”. And from what we can see, he’s not wrong.
The german carmaker brought to life a versatile, electric vehicle, built using eco-friendly materials (like wool, polyester, renewable cork and tencel) and innovative techniques. The MINI Vision Urbanaut provides an unconventional approach to space, but also a sensorial experience involving hearing, smell and sight. All tied up by a smart use of technology and digital integration.
Another electric vehicle concept that plays with space and customization is HÖGA, a conceptual kit car designed by student Ryan Schlotthauer that can be assembled by the driver at home within hours.