11. 13. 2009
Renault Concept Spa and Car in One
Ah the spa, where all troubles, worries, stressors are meticulously pampered away with facials, scrubs, and messages. Usually a trip to the spa costs a pretty penny, but if French automaker Renault has its way, soon you won't have to go farther than your car to get that spoiled rotten feeling.
Renault has joined forces with cosmetics maker Biotherm to create the Zoe Z.E. electric car concept. The car is sporting a climate control system that is similar to a spa. In lieu of using air conditioning which can be hard on the skin, the Zoe keeps the air inside the car cool and hydrated, preventing the skin from drying out.
The car also deals with outside toxicity levels by shutting the car's air vents when the built-in toxicity sensor detects one too many free radicals. But it just wouldn't be a spa without soothing scents, so the car has been set up to diffuse essential oils created by Biotherm to keep the driver calm no matter what time of the day, using three different scents to take care of morning, noon, and night.
Without all the fancy spa features, the Zoe is definitely a design talking point. The car has a shape reminiscent of a bubble. It's thirteen feet long, with gullwing doors and is sitting on 20-inch rims -- a definite eye-catcher. But intriguing looks aside, we can't forget about the electric component. It takes approximately 4-6 hours to charge or you can swap out the battery in the course of three minutes. There are also solar panels in the roof so the car is not only good for your skin, it's gentle on the environment as well.
While it's being reported that a version of the concept will go to production as early as 2012, in the fickle world of concept cars, we can only cross our fingers, and tentatively make our spa appointments.