Back in May, a collaboration between IM Motors and Heatherwick Studio to create a pollution-eating car caught our attention. Both companies announced they were working on an electric-vehicle concept that would work as an air pollution cleaner thanks to an incorporated HEPA filtering system.
Well, it turns out that the Airo did an appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last Friday, surprising all the guests. For those of you who don’t know, the Goodwood Festival of Speed is the biggest celebration of motorsport and car culture in the whole world and it is held in the UK.
Behind the vehicle’s futuristic approach and promising design is british designer Thomas Heatherwick, who surprisingly had never designed a car in his entire career until now, according to an interview with BBC.
So, in just a couple of months, we got the first real-life sample of the Airo model that crossed the borders between conceptualization and materialization. The car’s last attendance spread the word regarding its coveted debut and this is what we know so far: it will enter production in 2023 in China and hopes are that up to a million units will be manufactured.
Some people believe that the Airo won’t continue its path and it will remain just another concept car. We can only tell for sure that if the Airo hits the market in the following years it could be a true game-changer to fight pollution and the so-called “space crisis”.
Similar to the Renault HÖGA and the MINI Vision Urbanaut, the Airo too offers an adjustable, multipurpose interior that can be turned into a bed or a middle table to work in. The ground-breaking design also provides a self-driving mode and maximization of space, like the steering wheel being embedded in the dashboard