There are cars, and then there are those that look like they could well be Batman’s next set of wheels. In this case, the BRB Evolution fits firmly into the latter category. What makes it special? Well, it’s taking a different tack to the usual ‘oh we should all go electric’ environmental argument – actually accepting that most people like and want cars. As such, the trick of the BRB Evolution is to fold in half – great when there isn’t much in the way of parking spaces.
In the future, there’s going to be an even bigger demand globally for cars then there is now. But, not everyone is going to be happy in a tiny Toyota or even smaller Smart car. That’s where the BRB could step in. Designed by an Englishman named Daniel Bailey, his solution is to have a car that can fold in half to save space (though obviously the occupants have to be out of the vehicle to complete this process).
Bailey is currently studying industrial design at Montclair State University in New Jersey. His design is entering the 2008 Peugeot Design Contest. Now in its 5th year, the contest is open to anyone over the age of 14, and intended to showcase future vehicle concepts, displaying “social harmony and interactive mobility”.
Of course, Mr Bailey hasn’t completely overlooked the need for fuel efficiency and not only does his vehicle have a slippery, aerodynamic design but it will be powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, or hybrid petrol/electric motor.
Do I think that the model will come into existence eventually? Well, I’d like to think so. The more bright minds we have to consider the issues around the environment and space (after all, we need room to drive) the better.