Published on December 11th, 2012 | by Christopher DeMorro3
Rinspeed “MicroMax” EV Is Small But Tall
Because EVs don’t require exhaust systems or transmission tunnels, designers can come up with unique concepts like Rinspeed’s MicroMax, which has a flat floor and rear-facing stand-up seats. Yup, there won’t be any sitting in this car; the “seats” let you take some, but not all of the weight off of your feet.
For its stated purpose as a short-distance airport shuttle or taxi though, the Rinspeed MicroMax could be a perfect solution. At the length of a Mini Cooper, but standing seven feet tall, the MicroMax will be small and easy to maneuver while still providing enough room for three full-sized adult passengers, a baby, and a driver. There are even plans to add a coffee maker or fridge for on-board refreshments.
Rinspeed has come up with some interesting concepts before, among them a Smart ForTwo ED with a range-extending battery “backpack” and a golfcart made from bamboo. But the practical applications of this flat-floored EV seem wider than either of those. Might Rinspeed find success with this box-shaped electric taxi?