Electric cars are creeping more and more into not just our collective awareness, but our driveways and garages. But even so, there's a whole generation of technology and integration yet to occur before we see mainstream EVs and the passenger experiences we've imagined. The Luxgen Neora gives us a preview of what might yet come.
The electric powertrain is familiar enough: a 180 kilowatt motor that scoots the car to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 155 mph, and a 48 kWh lithium battery pack that's good for up to 240 miles on a charge--impressive stats for any sedan. It's the cabin, though, where things get interesting for the technophile.
The rear seat passengers get a dedicated LED infotainment screen, while the driver sees the information needed on a heads-up display. An auxiliar 9-inch display tied into an "active intelligent information system" can trade info with other vehicles on the road and double as a nav system. There's even a PDLC electric glass sunroof to open up the view through the top.
Interior materials are decidedly low-tech, but foreshadow the development of some steps already being taken in mainstream vehicles: the use of recycled materials. Recycled wood adorns the dash and center console, while non-dyed and unprocessed materials are found elsewhere in the cabin.
The Luxgen Neora is not much beyond a technological showcase, a vision of what might soon be possible. But it's an interesting take on the future of mobility, and one that we hopes points, at least partly, to what we'll actually be driving by the next decade.