Auto Shows Are You Ready for Chris Bangle's Reds? All-Electric Car is Made from the Inside Out

20:34  01 december  2017
20:34  01 december  2017 Source:   automobilemag.com

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Chris Bangle is back with a funky, fun electric vehicle prototype called Reds —short for Redspace, which made its world debut at this year’ s L.A. auto show. All - Electric Car is Made from the Inside Out .

Chris Bangle reveals REDS electric city car for China - Duration: 4:35. Are You Ready for Chris Bangle ’ s Reds ? All - Electric Car is Made from the Inside Out - Duration: 3:09.

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This is not a car. It is something else. Chris Bangle has designed cars for Fiat, Opel, and was lead designer at BMW for 17 years before he started his own design firm, Chris Bangle Associates, in 2009.

Bangle is back with probably his most unique vehicle ever—a funky electric vehicle prototype called Reds—short for Redspace, which made its world debut at this year'sL.A. auto show.

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Bangle told Verge that REDS is no joke and moving toward production, but no timetable’s specified. Chris Bangle ' s Mystery Comeback Car Was So 'Liberating' It Made A Designer Sick. We Were All Wrong, Chris Bangle Was A Prophet.

Designer Chris Bangle with his latest creation: the REDS EV prototype. When the car is stopped, it comes all the way up to its full height,” Bangle says. REDS is made of aluminum, a lightweight material, which enhances performance.

a truck is parked on the side of a road© Automobile Magazine Staff

It looks like a kid's drawing or something you would see in an animated cartoon with its half-moon window, front and rear roof overhangs, and its A-pillar wings.



According to its maker, the Redspace Projectstarted five years ago, when China Hi-Tech New Energy Automobile Co., Ltd (CHTC Motors) connected with the designer's firm.

The mission was "to develop an electric vehicle for affluent young career professionals who live in China's megacities."

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Bangle says that he has "designed a space that decided to become a car" and Reds was designed from the inside out.

"We've created a new design language that is at once friendly and immediate, but at the same time subtle, ambiguous, and textually layered," said Bangle.

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Earlier we brought you initial details of Chris Bangle ’ s latest project. Now the show car has been Instead of being swept back, the REDS ’ roof structure has an overhang to keep the sun out and The driver’s seat can swivel around, the steering wheel folds up onto the dashboard, and all the

Former BMW design chief Chris Bangle had plenty of things to say regarding car design while visiting this I don’t recall any of his designs being all that daring or praiseworthy. Influential [i.e. ‘ Bangle Butt’] but not praise worthy. I still see traces of his design in current BMWs, both inside and out .

"This gives Reds character, the kind you will enjoy looking at for many years."

The all-electric vehicle with rear-wheel drive features a customizable space with seats that swivel and slide to suit its occupant's needs.

The driver's seat can rotate 180 degrees when the car is not in motion, so that the vehicle can be used as an office or living space too.

It has a 17-inch pop up screen that retracts to a third when driving. The steering wheel folds up for space as well as the rear jump seat. There's a wraparound rear love seat back there too.

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It has solar panels on the roof to power internal functions like an air filtration system, without drawing energy from the battery according to the project's website.

The four-seater (seats five when parked) offers parking assist, cordless charging, auto braking, and an unspecified driving range per charge.

There's a nifty sliding Cartesian door (like a minivan's) that creates an awning when opened—which should come in handy during the rainy season.

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Reds was built in Turin, Italy as a fully functional running prototype. It is slightly longer than a Smart ForTwoandmeasures 117.2 x 65.5 x 69.2 inches (L x W x H). It has a wee wheelbase of only 56.7 inches.

The little EVcan be seen in the West Hall of the L.A. Convention Center tucked between the massive FCA and Ford displays through December 10.

After the L.A. auto show, Reds will undergo more testing before its production plans are finalized.

  Are You Ready for Chris Bangle's Reds? All-Electric Car is Made from the Inside Out © Automobile Magazine Staff

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