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E-car meets living room: Airo wants to make the interior variable

The Airo contains some innovative approaches. It is not known whether they will end up in the production model. (Image: Heatherwick)

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A London designer forge has designed a car for a Chinese brand that is also a dining, bedroom and gaming room. You don’t know any other ideas either.

Heatherwick is the name of the architecture and design office that recently presented the concept car under the name Airo. Studies with variable interiors have already been seen, such as the Mini Urbanaut. But there is one thing that distinguishes the car from the London studio from the concept of the BMW subsidiary: The vehicle manufacturer IM Motors really wants to build the Airo from 2023. The joint venture between automaker SAIC, Alibaba and the high-tech region of Zhangjiang near Shanghai has not yet placed the Airo on its own site. Instead it announces a limousine and an SUV.

IM Motors wants to produce the Airo from 2023. (Image: Heatherwick)

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Interior becomes “Multiroom”

The four seats can not only be rotated freely, but also folded down to form a flat surface. There are also retractable components that the occupants can put together to form a table. The result: four people can sit around it – like in a dining room. Alternatively, all seats can be converted into a bed and you have a “bedroom”. Owners can also convert the interior into a film or gaming lounge, and a huge screen can be rolled out. There was already a prototype to be seen at the Shanghai Auto Show in April, but there are no recordings of what the bed or the display looks like when it is folded out. The large glass surfaces of the Airos should lose their transparency on command and thus ensure privacy.

HEPA -Filter cleans the ambient air

Heatherwick puts the emphasis on the air purification functions of the concept. The Airo also cleans the air around the car of harmful particles from other vehicles, writes the studio in its press release. The founder says the Airo goes one step further and also absorbs pollutants from other cars while driving. In addition to the car itself, the studio has created a steel charging station with a retractable cable for charging. It is the first car that Heatherwick designed. Before that, however, a bus and a tourist boat were among the projects.

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