Ecco

Ecco

The Ecological Camper Van of the Future

Location: worldwide
Date: 2011

Since their introduction, automobiles have been a source of passion, as individual and diverse as their drivers. Today, cars are often associated with luxury, performance or safety, but the Ecco aims to remind us they can still be about freedom. Following on the heels of design classics like the Airstream trailer or the VW camper van, this concept vehicle brings passengers to their destination and becomes a temporary home when they get there. Compact, stylish and aerodynamic while on the road, when it is parked, the Ecco expands to provide a level of space and comfort that its forebears could only dream of.

As an all-electric vehicle, the Ecco has no emissions of its own, and can be quickly charged at a standard 240V station. But when used for extended living purposes, even where no electricity is available, its built-in photovoltaic panels and solar sail roof mean that it can cut out the middleman and charge directly from the sun. The exterior is a harmonious blend of precision aluminum and glass. Its direct and sculptural form cheats the wind while pleasing the eye. Though a bit wider than its Volkswagen predecessor, the Ecco’s form is also more aerodynamic, and the vehicle rides closer to the ground. The result is vastly improved interior volume, wonderful sight lines for all passengers, and less wind resistance to boot.

Renderings: © Nau2