Toyota Me.We Multifunction Tupperware Car

005-toyota-me-we-conceptMassaud and Toyota developed a compact concept car called the Me.We. It has customizable body panels, and an extendable rear panel to enable its use as a pickup truck, minivan, and convertible.

It is a highly radical design with one long bench seat, like some old cars use to have, and one long uniform seat in the back. It may not be luxurious to most people, but it is actually unique. It is refreshing to see something new for once.

It is an electric vehicle that weighs only 1,600 pounds, thanks to the aluminium chassis. The exterior body panels are made of recyclable polypropylene, and it has a motor in each wheel as well, giving it all-wheel drive. Design simplicity can provide major benefits such as increased reliability, and sometimes weight, and cost reduction.

As the Toyota press release said: “The result is car that takes a modern, global view of travel and forms part of a wider view on how to adapt to the environmental challenges that will shape the future of personal mobility. It is a no-extras package, conceived as an “anti-excess” vehicle. In short, the Toyota ME.WE represents the transition from the culture of “more” to the culture of “better”.”

It has some slightly vintage characteristics, such as a roof and bonnet that appear to be made of wooden boards. The floor is made of recyclable bamboo, as this vehicle is intended to be environmentally conscious by reducing waste of fuel, and materials by using recyclable materials. This does not only reduce the amount of materials that have to be mined to build it (provided that it is recycled), but it also reduces landfill waste as well.

With its ability to fulfil a multitude of roles, perhaps this odd concept is the real future of cars, giving a new meaning to the term “convertible.”

Source: Autoblog

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