Trioba 2+1 Concept

New Designers 3 Mar 2008
Trioba 2+1 Concept

The Trioba 2+1 Concept is an electric vehicle with a 2+1 seating layout aimed at enhancing interaction among passengers. It was designed by Shashwath Bolar, who graduated from Coventry University with a MA in Automotive Design.


Trioba 2+1 ConceptThe Trioba 2+1 concept is based on Shashwath Bolar‘s MA Automotive Design final research project "How does a 3 seat car enhance and affect exterior design” which provided a seating layout analysis, its effects on the exterior design and on the social interaction among passengers.

The research, which included real-life tests, investigated many parameters such as social space, physical distance, eye contact, perceived safety, communication and comfort.

Once the seating layout was established the exterior was designed around it.

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Trioba 2+1 ConceptThe exterior design was inspired by organic shapes from nature and resulted into an asymmetrical body, hence the name Tri-OBA (‘Organic Biomorphic Asymmetric’).

Among the design elements are asymmetrical body panels and hood, which create highlights and provides space for boot and a spare wheel.

The passenger side has an asymmetrical gull-wing door for easy access to the cabin.

The electric powertrain is coupled with rear-wheel-drive transmission and Li-ion batteries.

The glass surfaces can be changed both in opacity and color thanks to the Poly Vinyl Butyl (PVB) used in the production of laminated glass.

About the designer

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Shashwath Bolar was born in in India in 1982.

He holds a BEngg (Meh) from RCVE (B’lore, India) and graduated from Coventry University with a MA Automotive Design (2006-2007).

Among his professional experiences are collaborations with Solutia inc, Illinois and Fiat Group (2007),
projects for Digital Juice Animation Pvt Ltd, India (2006) and a design Internship at Tata Elxsi (IDE), Bangalore, India.

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(Image Courtesy: Shashwath Bolar)

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