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SIN elec­tric con­cept car, by Biomega

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An open-wheel, fully elec­tric ve­hi­cle with a mod­u­lar car­bon-fi­bre body and an un­clut­tered in­te­rior, the new SIN car brings a less-is-more ap­proach to sus­tain­able ur­ban trans­port. It is the creation of Biomega, a cut­ting-edge bike spe­cial­ist based in Copen­hagen – where 62 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion prefers to com­mute by bike.

Founded 20 years ago, Biomega is known for its col­lab­o­ra­tions with blue-chip names in­clud­ing Bjarke In­gels and Marc New­son. But its most rad­i­cal move yet is this first foray into the elec­tric car mar­ket, named af­ter the city of Sin­ga­pore and de­signed as a re­sponse to ur­ban sprawl. ‘Our cus­tomers are will­ing to use their bikes for trips up to 10km, and elec­tric bikes for up to 20km, so SIN is for those who have no choice but to drive to work,’ ex­plains Biomega founder Jens Martin Sk­ib­sted. ‘We did not ex­pect to be work­ing on an elec­tric car when we first started, but we’d do any­thing that is rel­e­vant for get­ting from A to B in the city.’

Shown as a pro­to­type in No­vem­ber 2018, SIN is a com­pact four-wheel drive ve­hi­cle with an elec­tric mo­tor on each wheel. Its main bat­tery is housed in the floor­pan, while three swap­pable bat­ter­ies in the rear may be used to ex­tend range. The light­weight body al­lows a max­i­mum speed of 130km/h, good enough for the odd out-of-town trip. The pro­to­type’s wrap-over wind­shield runs the full length of the roof, while an ex­tra, low-level glass front panel fur­ther in­creases vis­i­bil­ity. Fish­eye cam­eras are fit­ted in lieu of rear-view mir­rors.

The clean, spa­cious in­te­rior fea­tures four seats re­sem­bling Her­man Miller’s ‘Aeron’ chairs. ‘You ba­si­cally have a liv­ing room in­side the car,’ says Sk­ib­sted. ‘We don’t dif­fer­en­ti­ate be­tween de­sign and func­tion­al­ity,’ adds Biomega’s lead in­dus­trial de­signer Guillermo Cal­lau, who calls SIN ‘ra­tio­nal and func­tional’.

SIN elec­tric ve­hi­cle, €20,000, by Biomega, avail­able from 2021-23, sin.biomega.com

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