Eye concept - a glimpse of Tesla's future?


March 9, 2010

A 3D rendering of the Tesla IED Eye concept car

A 3D rendering of the Tesla IED Eye concept car

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The all-electric Tesla Roadster is indeed a fine-looking, high-performance automobile, but its projected $US109,000 price tag will likely put it out of reach of the much sought-after Generation Y demographic. Tesla’s less-pricey Model S four-door sedan is more of a refined, subtly-classy car – again, not something the fun-loving twenty-somethings will be flocking to. So, how does an electric car company come up a vehicle that the young folks will like? Easy, they get some of those kids to design the car for them. In Tesla’s case, the result is a stunning concept vehicle called the Eye.

The Eye was created by 11 students in the Transportation Design masters program at Turin’s Instituto Europeo di Design (IED). Tesla Chief Designer Franz von Holzhausen was their mentor for the semester, and supervised the entire process. The intent was to design a C-segment (compact) affordable car for young, cosmopolitan buyers.

The 2+2-seater electric car is 4250mm long (2650mm wheelbase), 1800mmm wide, and stands 1360mm high. One of its innovative features is a roof structure that allows the Eye to become a semi-open car, with a pickup truck-like loading bay. It also sports rather bizarre flared-nostril-like openings on the front, that might or might not serve some practical aerodynamic purpose.

Will this ever become a production automobile? Hard to say. In the meantime, the world’s one existing Tesla Eye is on display at the Geneva Motor Show until March 14th.

About the Author
Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away. All articles by Ben Coxworth
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Just the car for me! :)

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