The UC? is designed to work in conjunction
with specialized train transport
At the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, Rinspeed - the crazy Porsche
tuning firm from Switzerland - unveiled the Rinspeed UC?. The name stands for 'Urban Commuter', and it
is not just a proposal for a subcompact car, but also
a specialized rail system to transport the electric powered
cars between cities.
According to Rinspeed, the goal is to create a new mobility
concept that integrates individual car ownership and public
transportation. A transverse loading system using custom
railcars allows loading and unloading of numerous UC?
vehicles simultaneously and in a very short time. Train
passages are booked and reserved online directly from
Integrated charging stations on board the custom railcars
ensure that upon arrival at the destination the UC?'s
battery is once again fully charged for maximum operating
range. During the train trip drivers can visit the train
restaurant, use any of the other train amenities or spend
time in the privacy of their cars.
The UC?'s electric drivetrain offers up 130 Nm of torque
and can take the car up to a 75 mph (120 km/h) top speed.
The range, not including any train transport, is 65 miles
(105 km) thanks to a set of lithium-ion batteries.
Inside the two-seat UC? features a force-feedback joystick
instead of a steering wheel. The drive-by-wire system
has been designed to be intuitive and provide excellent
steering feel and feedback.
The Rinspeed UC? has been designed with several different
versions in mind: The "Ultimate Commuter" is
the comfortable lifestyle vehicle for urban commuters.
The vehicle of choice for pizza deliveries, mail carriers
and workmen in general will be the "Unlimited Commuter."
The modular platform has been developed to help make the
build process as cost and time efficient as possible.