The iChange can alter its size and shape
to suit the passenger load
The Rinspeed iChange is yet another imaginative concept
to come from the Swiss tuning company and design centre
headed up by Frank Rinderknecht. The iChange was one of
the concept vehicles displayed at the 2009 Geneva Motor
The iChange, like many previous Rinspeed concepts is a
vehicle which answers questions which haven't been asked.
The iChange is a proposal for a versatile vehicle which
can alter its cabin size and aerodynamic profile to suit
the passenger load. When there is just the driver to cater
for the roofline sits lower, however when either or both
of the two rear seats are occupied the roof can be raised
with the touch of a button.
The roof also acts as the only point of access to the
car. During entry and exit it opens by lifting forward
and up - the hinge is located at the base of the windshield.
Once inside the occupants are met with a lavish entertainment
system which includes a Harman Kardon GreenEdge high-efficiency
sound system, touch screen control panels, LCD televisions,
3D navigation system which searches for the most economical
route, and an Apple iPhone interface for starting the
iChange and controlling the vehicles main functions.
Powering the iChange is a 150kW electric motor which is
fed by lithium-ion batteries available in two different
configurations for either short distance performance driving,
or long distance economical travel. This powertrain (depending
on battery) is capable of taking the iChange to 60 mph
in just over four seconds, and on to a top speed of 137
mph (220 km/h). This performance is made possible with
the help of a six-speed pre-selector gearbox from the