Named Airo, the electric car will be fitted with a HEPA – high-efficiency particulate air – filtering system that will actively clean pollution. It will have both autonomous and driver-controlled modes.
“Airo isn’t simply another electric car that doesn’t pollute the air,” said Thomas Heatherwick, founder of Heatherwick Studio.
“Instead, using the latest HEPA-filter technology, it goes further by also vacuuming up pollutants from other cars as it drives along.”
The car has been designed with a flexible interior with rotating seats so that it can be reconfigured into a “multi-functional room”.
With the seats facing each other a four-leaf table can be unfolded to create a dining space or a screen extended to watch films or play games.
The car’s interior can also be turned into a bedroom as the contoured seats fully recline to create a double bed.
In this mode, the glass roof can be made opaque using the “latest technology” to create a private space.
“Designed to simultaneously address the global space shortage, Airo is also a multi-functional room with extra space for dining, working, gaming or even sleeping,” said Heatherwick.
“As a new room for our lives, with a changing view, Airo is a car intended to transport us to a cleaner and better future.”
Alongside the car, Heatherwick Studio has also designed a charging station that it describes as “oozing with character”.
These curved stations will be built from weathered steel and have a retractable wire for charging.
The car, which is set to go into production in 2023, was designed for IM Motors – a car brand created by Chinese car company SAIC Motor, online retailer Alibaba Group and the Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Group.
It will be the first car designed by Heatherwick Studio, although the studio previously designed a bus for London.
Along with a bus the studio has also designed a boat to transport tourists and locals along the Loire river between Nantes and Saint-Nazaire.
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