Although Toyota is betting big on hydrogen vehicles, the Japanese automaker seems to be slowly warming up to electric vehicles as an alternative to broaden its lineup of zero-emission cars. This week, the automaker unveiled a new electric vehicle concept in partnership with Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR).
Unfortunately for EV enthusiast, it’s another ‘weird-mobile’ and it’s called the uBox.
The concept is born out of a collaboration between CU-ICAR and Toyota, called Deep Orange, and its purpose is to give students hands-on experience through the entire vehicle development process.
Toyota describes the features of the uBox in a press release:
- A bold, youthful and distinctive exterior design that aligns with generation Z’s personality trait to stand out, embodying a muscular stance that looks like it’s sprung forward in motion, even when standing still.
- A versatile interior that can be rearranged for various activities, from working or operating a business, to hauling bulky cargo. A low floor allows for reconfigurable, removable seats on sliding tracks that can be nested.
- Vents, dashboard display bezels and door trim that can be personalized and made with 3-D printing technology, and an online community for owners where they can share design ideas.
- A compact, dual-purpose, all-electric powertrain providing a fun driving experience and emission-free stationary energy to power consumer electronics, power tools or other devices through various 110-volt sockets located throughout the interior and exterior.
The company said that the vehicle was designed to appeal to the next generation of car buyers: Gen-Z (people born in the mid to late 1990s). Apparently, teens and people in their early twenties want a weird-looking car?
Here’s a gallery of the concept vehicle: