Citroën’s Future Design Aesthetic?
While French automotive designs tend to be a bit—legitimately—avant garde, it is interesting to note that Citroën recently sponsored a project at the Royal College of Art in London. Called the “Double Challenge” project, the objective was to have students develop the design for an ultra-compact car that could “establish a unique Citroën e-vehicle aesthetic for the future.”
(Participating with Citroën as another French company, EXA, which produces software for things like computational fluid dynamics.)
The student whose work received the nod from the judges is Heikki Juvonen. It is an electric tripod, a single-seater that is designed to fit in a transportation structure between a bicycle and a car. It is called the “E-3POD.” Not only does its name sound like something out of Star Wars, it looks like something from a galaxy far, far away, as well.
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