It’s only a matter of time before all cars are electric, and that’s causing a lot of consternation among gearheads. It’s not just that we like the smell of gasoline or the roar of a naturally aspirated V8 (though those are definitely factors), it’s also because we have real concerns about electric cars, with two of the biggest being range anxiety and driver feedback. Well, a consortium of British companies is attempting to alleviate those concerns with a new driver-focused all-electric concept car called Aura.
The Aura concept car is inspired by nature and was created to be a sustainable driver’s car. Each of the four companies involved in its production focused on a specific area of its development. The car’s beautiful nature-inspired open-top flowing design is the brainchild of Astheimer Design, who engineered it to be low-drag and efficient. BAMD Composites came up with the lightweight natural composite fibers and BCOMP natural woven fabric for the car’s sustainable construction, while the electric powertrain was spearheaded by Potenza Technology. Potenza came up with a twin battery pack system where one battery is placed at the front of the car and the other underneath the chassis, giving the driver a more balanced and natural feel for the road. The batteries feature a total output of 88 kWh and a range of 400 miles. Finally, there’s the innovative bespoke Human Machine Interface (HMI) that was conceived and built by digital tech company Conjure. The HMI combines a 10” touchscreen on the center stack with a round 5” display on the steering wheel to monitor the weather, your driving style, and the environment to optimize the car’s energy consumption. It also keeps you informed about where and when you need to charge up.
The Aura is certainly a unique and interesting take on the future of cars, and while you can’t buy one, you can see the concept in person. Aura is making its live debut in the UK at the CENEX Low Carbon Vehicle Show at the Millbrook Proving Ground on September 22 and 23.
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