AIRO: The Electric Car Designed To Purify the Surrounding Air
With the ban on sales of new thermal engine cars in the European Union from 2035, there is no doubt that the future of the automobile will be all-electric. And as there are always efforts to be made in terms of ecology, some creative people are already working on augmented models like the concept car of designer Thomas Heatherwick who unveiled an electric car capable of purifying the air by depolluting it.
In appearance, this prototype entitled AIRO Electric Car is somewhat inspired by the Volkswagen Beetle, better known as the Beetle, with the difference that the bodywork has been completely redesigned to reveal a glass interior. Inside, there are 4 swivel seats allowing passengers to sit down as if they were at a table and also reclining to be converted into a bed.
But the British creative known for designing ingenious and innovative concepts has above all done a titanic job in terms of the engine. Indeed, the electric model would be able to drive without emitting carbon emissions in addition to being equipped to purify the air using the microparticles it produces while circulating.
This would be made possible thanks to a HEPA filter, which is a high-efficiency air filter that eliminates more than 99.9% of the particles passing through. This device could even go so far as to suck up the polluting particles emitted by other cars in circulation.
Designed for the Chinese company specializing in electric cars IM Motors, the AIRO is the first car design creation from the Heatherwick Studio agency. The car is reportedly currently in production with a factory release scheduled for 2023.
It is a brilliant idea, although we are obviously waiting for the vehicle to be released to discover its true effectiveness. To learn more about the AIRO project, you can visit heatherwick dot com.
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