Swiss company Rinspeed is introducing the Bamboo concept, an open top vehicle that features simple lines and offers an eco-conscious motoring alternative. It will debut at next year’s Geneva Auto Show.
Typically, Rinspeed’s concept cars are given names that are related to certain assets. And this creation is no different. In fact, many of its interior components are made from bamboo fibers. This four-seater is terrific for getting a free-air ride.
Rinspeed claims that this creation is inspired by the free spirit of the 70s’. According to the press release, the open-top vehicle “awakens the longing for sun, summer, for lightness and easiness, the desire to be at the beach.” It also asserted that the vehicle reminds people of the south of France and St. Tropez as well as the combined images of Brigitte Bardot, Gunther Sachs, and Tahiti beach.
This vehicle uses electric propulsion and it also features an on-board foldable two-wheeler. If you prefer simplicity over superfluous matters such as chrome and horsepower, then this is for you. The press release sums it up nicely: “Nomen est omen. Simply bamboo.”
The inside of the "BamBoo" can be described as something that is simple yet extremely refined. The name says it all. A "BamBoo" logo decorates the sides of its Bordeaux-red bench. These same sides also have a bamboo thread that was woven by Zurich-based Weisbrod with the "Rizzi Bird." Rizzi drawings also adorn the surfaces of the center seating which were made with high performance and breathable Laif synthetic.
The two rear seats at the back are not only inflatable but can be stored in aluminum cases and placed on its open cargo bed. This means that they can also be taken out and even brought to the beach. Its dashboard has a shape similar to that of a giant breadbox and even opens in the same manner. It is covered with braided plastic manufactured by Ticona. Opening it reveals the control elements and hi-tech VDO display.
On the far right of its glove box is a seven-inch HTC tablet PC "Flyer" that has a docking station. With the tablet PC plus the smartphones of the people inside, it is ensured that everyone in the "BamBoo" is connected all the time. Bordering the stretched "bread bin" are Harman JBL GreenEdge speakers with what looks like unconventional design. Harman is the world leader when it comes to premium infotainment and sound system and it does this by centering on its scalable entertainment system’s connectivity plus the "Aha Radio" application. The center of the vents has an electric high-voltage heater manufactured by Germany-based supplier Eberspächer catem.
Additionally, "BamBoo" started with a Swiss army knife. Mainly due to the well-packaged lifestyle, the technical aspects of the "BamBoo" often go unnoticed. Take for example the 54-kW electric motor by German e-car maker Fräger Group. With its high torque, the motor allows this 1,090-kilogram car to reach a maximum speed of 120 km/h. The use of lightweight materials also helps. The steel chassis, which has horizontal shock absorbers, has a strong composite body combined with polymer plastic materials.
The structural foams, including the adhesives and sealants, were supplied by Henkel. Supporting the body are the aluminum 17-inch three-spoke billet AEZ wheels with the 17-inch energy-saving Goodyear "EfficientGrip" eco-friendly tires. The battery has enough power to allow travel for 105 kilometers, enough distance to visit the restaurant, hotel, or even the beach. For the charging station, Rinderknecht partnered with RWE.
The energy giant manufactured "intelligent" charging stations that show just how a groundbreaking infrastructure specialist solves the problem of e-mobility. These same chargers allow for communication with the vehicles on the borders. The question now that needs to be answered is on how Geneva will be affected by the "BamBoo". The answer is that it resets the head of the observer, allowing for a new way to think about automotive. It demonstrates crisp and simple lines resulting in the purest form of aesthetics.
When one closes one’s eyes, one will get the feeling of riding through pine forests and past lavender fields. The "BamBoo" is truly a global car considering that it was made to match the beaches and other vacation spots. It comes as no surprise then that Frank M. Rinderknecht wanted an opportunity to be the figurehead of Swiss watch maker C.F. Bucherer.
When asked, Rinderknecht answered that there have been a number of constructive talks with different possible manufacturers. Just to be safe though, consulting firm A.T. Kearney in Düsseldorf already had manufacturing and even company concepts ready for possible series production.