If you’ve been searching for a tiny electrically powered car with no doors, no rear window, and an open roof with a pair of electric skateboards on it, then Smart Automobile may have a solution for you.
Unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show last week, the Smart Fourjoy may be one of the auto industry's most unusual vehicles, even by the bizarre standards of the concept car. It includes a futuristic interior with a rear bench seat designed to look like lounge furniture, as well as transparent exterior parts and LEDs fitted to its front and rear lights.
The Fourjoy also features an all-electric powertrain. A 17.6-kWh lithium-ion battery drives a 55-kW permanent magnet electric motor. Smart says that it takes seven hours to charge the battery from a household socket, longer if a 120V line is used.
To accentuate its commitment to zero-emission driving, Smart incorporated hardware to fasten two so-called "longboards" to the Fourjoy's roof. "With these electrically driven skateboards it is possible to cover short distances in the city without producing any local emissions," the company said in a press release. Smart added that skateboard helmets can be stowed behind the seats and that a high-definition camera is available to film the skateboard adventures and share photos with friends on social networks.
Clearly, the Fourjoy was designed to deliver some buzz to Daimler's Smart division, and it's doing that. It's also serving as an experiment -- the first vehicle jointly developed in a partnership with French automaker Renault SA. Smart has not announced any specific plans to build the Fourjoy, but it has said that it will launch a similarly proportioned four-seater late in 2014. Renault is also reportedly working on its own version of the car, to be released sometime next year.
We've collected photos of the fanciful Fourjoy concept car. From LED lights and transparent panels to lounge chairs and pearlescent paintwork, we present some of the Fourjoy's most unusual and innovative concepts. Click on the image below to start the slideshow.
Daimler's Smart Fourjoy concept car has no doors, no rear window, and an open roof. Smart says it "dispenses with unnecessary ballast." (Source: Daimler)
Cap'n, good to have you back. This is an interesting concept. It is sort of silly, since it does rain sometimes. I assume you could put something like the old side curtains on this car. It would just take a couple of holes drilled in the body. Then it would be like the old cars from the 1940s.
That's a great question, naperlou, but I don't know the answer, since Daimler did not provide that information. I can tell you, however, that its cousin, the Smart ForTwo ED, has a curb weight of 1,808 lbs. This must weigh significantly less, since it has no doors or windows, and an open roof.
agreed, for a production you have to see the utility of a product. This car in its present state is lacking many basic things. What if it rains? Can the car be parked in a not so safe neigborhood? I guess these are the basics things that have to be fullfilled. Needs come first, and afterwards the wants.
I agree. This vehicle will definitely appeal to the under 30 car buyer. The esthetics of the vehicle are quite appealing and the skateboards mounted on top is definitely a social networking conversational piece for the energetic and adventurous riders this vehicle is targeted for. Just curious if a sleek design vehicle with roof top mounted skateboards would appeal to Tony Hawk.
I agree. I guess the designer of this vehicle was projecting his vision of how a Dune Buggy or Jeep would look in the future. But with today's Jeep vehicles, doors and a roof are still provided to the car buyer.
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