Meet the iMove, The Mac Electric Car

As the Apple empire of cool techno stuff and its throngs of raving fans grows ever greater, many have probably wondered how far the phenomenon could possibly go. Among them, transportation design student Liviu Tudoran, who sees a future, circa 2020, when the definitive Mac-maniac rocks not only a MacBook, an iPod, an iPhone, and an iPad, but an iMove. That’s right, the Macintosh car.

Reminiscent of the VW Bug, the iMove concept is a three-seater electric car (noticed via Trend Hunter) that keeps in mind the “design language and culture of the brand,” which seems to mean that it’s cute, sleek, and does a whole bunch of things that other electrics don’t.  Tudoran conceived of this vehicle as a city car with a host of high-tech, modern touches, such as a touch-screen that covers the entire dashboard. The car features straps that extend trunk space and a top that appears to come off entirely (how this works isn’t all that clear).

iMove Apple car

image via Liviu Tudoran

Other bells and whistles include a “photochromic” exterior that would allow the user to change the appearance of the car to a number of different presets at the touch of a button, an elastic textile trunk that can expand to fit any contents (apparently, that’s what those luggage straps are for), and a roof covered with “pyramidal shaped glass receptors” that, somehow, recharge the vehicle’s electronic dashboard. As far as blue sky dreaming goes, the iMove definitely pushes the limits.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.