Does This All-Terrain Electric Vehicle Look Like a Tracy to You?
The future has a name, and it wants to speak with the manager.
While the rest of the world is designing autonomous pods, students in Italy imagined the future of transportation as this miniature all-terrain electric vehicle. It's cleverly packaged to fit six people, despite being shorter in length than a Chevrolet Sonic hatch.
In fact, this four-wheel-drive EV concept, dubbed Tracy, is not much longer than the itty-bitty Chevrolet Spark. What Tracy lacks in length, however, it makes up for in width. That explains how it's able to fit more people than many crossover SUVs. Built with shared mobility in mind, the Tracy concept has an unusual interior setup. The driver is surrounded by bench seats (to the right and in the rear). The cockpit keeps things simple with screens instead of buttons, and ambient lighting on the floor jazzes up the yellow and purple interior decor, the upholstery of which is made with environmentally friendly biodegradable fibers.
The exterior looks to take inspiration from an outdoor backpack and Tracy features ropes and hooks in the front and rear to strap in its passenger's cargo. Thanks to its exaggerated wheel arches, the car's shock absorbers are on full display and further hint at Tracy's off-road aspirations.
The Tracy concept was created by students in the Transportation Design master's program at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Turin, Italy. It's not expected to enter production, but was designed as "pure experimentation free of any market constraints." The vehicle was created alongside a mobile app that lets drivers program their car's destination and settings.
Although we'll never see Tracy on the streets, there is one tiny electric off-roader that could very well make its way to the market. Volkswagen debuted the ID Buggy concept last year and the brand says it hopes to make a production version in the coming years.
Check out the videos below for a closer look at the Tracy concept's exterior and interior.