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.
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.
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.
Charles thanks for sharing this I feel that this will be a iconic design in the automobile industry case that this is the best match outline for the urban day today travel need. And also I like to have option for normal roof.
Does anyone else see an oxymoron here? We have a sandrail which is essentially a dune buggy without the fiberglass molding. Our twenty year old daughter was driving it on our property out in the country with my husband in the passenger seat. He had to continually remind her that "This is not a video game!"
Why target the young? This is the perfect geriactric vehicle. Old folks don't like to drive in bad weather, they only live in warm places like Florida, no doors to get in the way of their Jazy, cane or walker.
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.
NadineJ, not necessarily, I feel that this car would be ideal for the matured crowd also. When Mercedes launched A class (Previous version) target audience was the younger crowd but it was equally moved through the matured crowd also. Easy handling was the main reason for that.
I assuming this concept vehicle is targeting the less than 30 car buyer but there are some 35 to 40yr olds who like to skateboard as well. Only the vehicle's designer knows the intended use for this sleek concept vehicle.
Reminds me of the old street legal dune buggies. You could wash the interior with a hose. It was Fiberglas, vinyl, or waterproof; and had drains in the floor. The sidewall was higher though, but we only had a roll bar instead of the unibody this has. There was something daring about a buggy that made it more than just a convertible. Even in the city where you couldn't go off road.
I expect it would sell. Just look at all the 3 wheeled bikes selling today. This is an open cockpit car for driving on days you could ride a motorcycle (or 3 wheeler), but without needing a special license or having to learn how to drive a new vehicle. The key will be keeping it simple so the price is more like a high end motorcycle. Like a buggy or bike, this won't be your only transport. It's just for fun, or should I say "for joy".
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.
We're looking at an ingenious rollover solution here. Should the car flip due to its bizarre design, no worries. You just continue to ride along to your destination on the roof-mounted skateboards. I find this perfectly in keeping with the "Smart" car's overall strategy- if you can convince the right folks that it's cool, it doesn't matter how ridiculous it looks or how stupid the overall concept might be.
San Francisco is the perfect target market for a vehicle of this design, should Daimler choose to produce it. I've long been convinced that China has developed a long-range "dumb" ray and is testing it on our West Coast (I live near LA).
For me the main theme is "someone's thinking". The automotive engineers are willing to risk controversy by providing a concept car that grabs attention and strives to solve a problem. We would be hard put in the southeast to use a vehicle such as this due to frequent rain showers and real issues with theft but I feel it's a great idea for a commuter car. With our "regulation nation" I don't think it would ever win approval but a great concept at any rate. Good information Charles.
That's exactly what I thought of, imolleda (although I remember it by another name, the Volkswagen Thing). I remember going for a spin in one of those cars (whatever it was called) with the windshield lowered. It was not a comfortable experience.
Chuck, your story grounded my memories with a thud. You're right--we did put up with a lot of physical discomfort back then. I think I remember a friend driving the Safari on the beach with the windshield up--but no roof, no doors. Ah, youth!
I saw at the NAIAS 2013 the version of the car with roof and doors in a metallic orange color and was very eye catching. Also I saw the design student's concept cars with ideas like the one presented here (some for snowboarders), others for other sports or things, as if they were designing a car for themselves or specific niches. This Smart EV No Doors or windows, looks as an unfinished Smart, but it's only and will remain as concept car or be consider with bikes or golf cars, it would not pass NHTS safety for general use.
Worry about rocks, cigarettes, bottles & tires. My time on a motorcycle is long over but I have been hit with a few small rocks. One cigarette butt and another flew past my helmet. Saw a semi truck tire bounding down the highway one morning. Looked like it missed everyone. My truck has taken two egg sized rocks to the windshield. Oh I went through a hail storm - that stung! Then there was the motorcyclist who followed my uncovered load of sand. He passed after a couple of miles. I could tell he was having problems.
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