With the "UC?" Concept Swiss company Rinspeed is proposing a new mobility concept. The “UC?” – which stands for “Urban Commuter” – is a two-seater car under 2.60 meters in length which can easily cover long distances by train thanks to an advanced railcar loading system.
"The goal is to create a new mobility concept that integrates individual car ownership and public transportation. A transverse loading system using custom railcars allows loading and unloading of numerous “UC?” vehicles simultaneously and in a very short time."
"Train passages are booked and reserved online directly from the vehicle. Integrated charging stations on the custom railcars ensure that upon arrival at the destination the “UC?” battery is fully charged for maximum operating range."
As Rinspeed boss Frank M. Rinderknecht sees it: “I can make more efficient use of my time than spending it driving on a boring highway. I’d rather visit the train restaurant or retreat to work in my car.”
The exterior design was inspired by the Fiat ‘Topolino’ models from the ‘30s to ‘50s.
The concept car – built by Swiss engineering company Esoro – has an electric powertrain which produces 130 Newton meters of torque, reaches a top speed of 120 km/h and has an operating range of 105 kilometers.
Among the technical highlights are the force-feedback joystick which replaces the conventional steering wheel; the Space Drive drive-by-wire system; P7 Cinturato ‘Green Tires’ from Pirelli in size 195/40 R 17 mounted on special lightweight rims from by AEZ.
The leather interior has aluminum inlays and a custom leather suitcase for the roof.
The new futuristic instrument cluster – designed by VDP Continental Automotive – houses a mechanical watch from Carl F. Bucherer.
A crystal ‘tank lid’ from Swarovski covers the 230-volt plug. A stylized laser-cut coil filament embedded in the crystal lid serves as a battery charge indicator: red=empty, orange=half charged, green=fully charged.
The “UC?” is designed to be available in several distinct versions. Thanks to the planned modular production strategy the car would be built in just three days.
According to Rinspeed, "there is a good chance the “UC?” will enter series production. The concept is designed be easily adapted and integrated by volume manufacturers. Intensive dialogues at the highest levels are already well underway."