If Wishes Were Horse… uh, Tesla Model C's
By EV World Editorial Staff
There's an old English nursery rhyme that implies wishing for something is pointless; that action is what counts; and the 16th century proverb aptly applies to Dejan Hristov's Tesla Model C Concept.
To our knowledge, Tesla has no plans to built this car, though if it isn't thinking along similar lines, we would question their long range strategic thinking.
No, the Tesla Model C concept is the work of Dejan Hristov, a highly accomplished designer from Macedonia, who earlier created the Bugatti Super Sedan Concept. Think of it as a future Tesla answer to the Toyota C, but little the Models S, all-electric and intended to fit more snuggly into urban environments of narrow streets and dense traffic where bicycles and transit are the preferred modes of conveyance.
The C, rendered in 2D and Photoshop, is all-electric, like its antecedents, the Roadster, the Model S, and the soon-to-launch Model X. Designed to seat four adults, Hristov integrated two interesting innovations into his design: wide, sliding doors that roll forward, allowing for easier egress, not to mention eliminating the potential of 'dooring' a passing cyclist; and a very cool, extendable rear cargo deck for holding bulky items from IKEA or your favorite mountain bike.
Hristov describes his design this way:
"This is a modern, harmonic, unique design, with a sports image, for a city car equipped with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery. This car has a glass top, which covers the metal parts of the construction, offering a futuristic view on the design.
The side doors are big offering an effortless entry to the back seats. The doors are equipped with innovated mechanism for opening, ideal for conditions with restricted space (the mechanism is shown in one of the pictures). The opening and closing is automatic; actually, the mechanism of the doors would be maneuvered by electric motors.
The tailgate is connected to an original mechanism. Besides that, it is wide and allows easy use of the trunk.
The rear bumper is attached for construction and holds the spare wheel. It pulls out like a drawer, something that allows for a trouble-free reach of the spare wheel. The same construction can be used for transporting bikes or any other kinds of belongings.
Beside the standard design, I also designed a sportier version with a bigger kw/h battery-pack. This variant is wider and features sports bumpers with bigger vents for cooling, 1-inch bigger wheels and a rear spoiler. This version would likely be called the Tesla Model C GT."
Originally published: 03 Feb 2013
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