The new renderings depict Motive’s new BEHEV (Battery Exchange Hybrid Electric Vehicle) Concept, a sporty and practical hatch designed to weigh less than 900kg. Its body will contain a mixture of advanced composite materials, aluminum and steel and inside there will be seating for four adults.
Power will come from an electric motor running on lithium-ion batteries charged by an internal combustion engine – similar to GM’s E-Flex powertrain in the upcoming Volt – and drive will be sent to the front wheels via a multi-speed quickshift transaxle. For extra juice, engineers will also add a regenerative braking system.
Motive envisages a day when fuel pumps will be joined by robot-aided battery exchanges that simply swap depleted batteries with freshly charged units.