Indigo Technologies showcased two new electric vehicle designs targeting the ride-sharing and delivery markets at the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The company describes itself as an OEM that offers a new class of electric vehicles that are smooth, spacious and affordable. The two new vehicle models are the Indigo FLOW and the FLOW PLUS.
The company noted that its revolutionary robotic wheels enable a different type of electric vehicle that offers smoother rides and operates at lower cost than any other vehicle in its class. The new models aim to compete with the Toyota RAV4 and Ford Transit Connect, and both will offer a range of over 250 miles from just a 40kWh battery.
Ride-sharing and delivery companies such as Uber and Amazon joining The Climate Pledge are creating a need for efficient and capable electric vehicles that drivers can afford, the company noted; emphasizing that this is an imperative. Indigo added that today’s electric vehicles are too inefficient, heavy and expensive for drivers, especially when they sacrifice space and comfort to conventional propulsion and suspension technologies.
Will Graylin, CEO of Indigo, explained how the company’s robotic wheels solve this problem.
“Indigo invented robotic wheels that uniquely provide more space and comfort for small urban electric vehicles. Without the transmission and motor between the wheels, Indigo FLOW has a low, flat floor that provides more space loading capacity than any vehicle of its size.And the active suspension at every wheel delivers incredible ride comfort at an affordable price people will love.
Indigo also announced that former Audi Innovation Product Management Director Volker Kaese has joined Indigo as Chief Technology Officer. Kaese led the development of the Volkswagen XL1, which got 310 miles per gallon, and the Audi e-tron. He brings over 20 years of experience to Indigo’s programs.
Kaese shared his excitement in the following statement.
“I’m excited to have the biggest impact on the driver experience and the environment. From bulky interiors to sliding doors, Indigo FLOW will enable drivers to be more efficient in their jobs. Ultimately , they will be able to earn more while doing good for our planet.”
Alongside Kaese, Eric Obers, former head of design at Porsche and Lucid; as well as Hugh Robinson, who previously worked at Porsche and General Motors; will lead the design of the FLOW product line.
All images courtesy of Indigo Technologies
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