Swiss tuner Rinspeed already previewed its minimalist BamBoo concept before its Geneva Motor Show, debut, but the company released additional information and actual photographs of the electrified beach buggy earlier this morning.
The open-air ute still resembles a modern interpretation of a Citroen Mehari, although the company has made a few small revisions to the finished product. The monochromatic paint treatment shown in design renderings is replaced with a vibrant red-on-yellow two-tone hue and a patterned cloth top. One new addition lies at the front of the car -- what appears to be an asymmetrical grille is actually a digital display, which allows beach bums -- presumably camped out in front of the parked BamBoo -- to surf the web, tune in to radio stations. Unusual, perhaps, but it’s conventional by Rinspeed’s standards.
Designers appear to have crafted the BamBoo primarily as a means to encourage long stays on the beach. The waterproof cloth top can double as a blanket, and the inflatable rear seats can be removed and used as beach chairs. The passenger’s portion of the dashboard contains a tablet PC and docking station, allowing users stay connected on the go. Rinspeed also seems keen on catering to social media junkies -- not only does the company suggest crafting a social media site exclusive to BamBoo owners, but a color-changing bird atop the roll bar is designed to express the driver’s mood.
Driving, it appears, is less important than comfortable beach living. Power is provided by a 54-kilowatt (72 horsepower) electric motor, ensuring the 2400-pound BamBoo will be only slightly quicker than the two-cylinder Mehari. Rinspeed shies from battery details, but notes the BamBoo can travel 60 miles on a single charge.
For now, the BamBoo is simply a trivial concept, but Rinspeed suggests it could manufacture a small batch if consumer reaction at the Geneva show is overwhelmingly positive. Only time will tell, but we think a sand-tuned beachcomber may receive a better response in the French Riviera than in Switzerland…