Tesla Model S Rinspeed XchangE Stuns With World Debut in Geneva

MAR 5 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 26

Tesla Model S Rinspeed XchangE At 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Tesla Model S Rinspeed XchangE At 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Likely considered to be the plug-in “star of the show,” the autonomous-drive Tesla Model S Rinspeed XchangE made its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

Tesla Model S Rinspeed XchangE At 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Tesla Model S Rinspeed XchangE At 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Swiss tuner/automaker Rinspeed revealed this concept that Rinspeed’s Frank M. Rinderknecht explains as follows:

“…traveling in a driverless car will no longer require me to stare at the road, but will let me spend my time in a more meaningful way.”

XchangE is purely a concept, but what Rinspeed says is that when autonomous drive becomes reality, the entire vehicle will need to be re-envisioned on the inside.

That’s what this concept shows.  The interior is widely different from a typical Tesla Model S.  It’s laid out as more of a lounge, since the task of driving is no longer a focus with autonomous vehicles.

The entire powertrain, including the battery pack and electric motor, is all Tesla.  Rinspeed left the Model S mostly intact, except for the interior alterations.

Rinspeed is known for its wild unveilings and XchangE doesn’t disappoint in that regard.  It’s out there, perhaps too far out there to ever be considered real, but we love it nonetheless.

Live photo extravaganza starts in 3…2…1

Tesla Model S Rinspeed XchangE At 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Tesla Model S Rinspeed XchangE At 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Tesla Model S Rinspeed XchangE At 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Tesla Model S Rinspeed XchangE At 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Tesla Model S Rinspeed XchangE At 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Tesla Model S Rinspeed XchangE At 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Tesla Model S Rinspeed XchangE At 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Tesla Model S Rinspeed XchangE At 2014 Geneva Motor Show

 

Tesla Model S Rinspeed XchangE At 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Tesla Model S Rinspeed XchangE At 2014 Geneva Motor Show

 

Tesla Model S Rinspeed XchangE At 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Tesla Model S Rinspeed XchangE At 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Tesla Model S Rinspeed XchangE At 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Tesla Model S Rinspeed XchangE At 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Tesla Model S Rinspeed XchangE At 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Tesla Model S Rinspeed XchangE At 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Tesla Model S Rinspeed XchangE At 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Tesla Model S Rinspeed XchangE At 2014 Geneva Motor Show

 

Tesla Model S Rinspeed XchangE At 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Tesla Model S Rinspeed XchangE At 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Tesla Model S Rinspeed XchangE At 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Tesla Model S Rinspeed XchangE At 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Tesla Model S Rinspeed XchangE At 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Tesla Model S Rinspeed XchangE At 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Tesla Model S Rinspeed XchangE At 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Tesla Model S Rinspeed XchangE At 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Tesla Model S Rinspeed XchangE At 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Tesla Model S Rinspeed XchangE At 2014 Geneva Motor Show

 

 

 

 

 

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26 Comments on "Tesla Model S Rinspeed XchangE Stuns With World Debut in Geneva"

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Anon
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Anon

I wouldn’t have wrapped the chrome in yellow vinyl…

Wonder what Elon thinks of this? The lounge thing would work better inside a Model X.

David Stone
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David Stone

That is an extremely ugly color combo.
But the getting rid of the nose cone, the only ugly part of the s imho, was a good move.

And the sliding steering wheel, and assumingly pedals, would solve the issue of left and right hand drive.

GeorgeS
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GeorgeS

I agree but that silly little squiggly mouth painted on there doesn’t work…..but the Brunet inside sure does. Think what you could do with this autonomous drive feature.

Anon
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Anon

The nosecone was meant as an innocuous cultural crutch for conservative customers. I’m more OK with nosecones, than obviously fake ICE grills found on other EVs.

That said, this concept Model S demonstrates strong enough styling and form to prove the car does not need a nosecone. Just change Rinspeed’s gaudy yellow ellipse to black carbon fiber, trim the top edge with a chrome bead, and set the Tesla T Logo in the top center– and it would look awesome.

Maybe the nosecone will go away when the car gets a refresh and Tesla has built more market presence?

David Stone
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David Stone

You would need tinted windows.

Hmm, the possibilities…

MDEV
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MDEV

+1 Agree the nose cone is horrible, this nose is nice just imaging this car in red or black…..

gigglehertz
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gigglehertz

I dunno, I kind of like the color combo.

Anon
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Anon

*Shudder* Ungh… You don’t wear Hawaiian shirts, do you?

Driverguy01
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Driverguy01

I hate the front of the S, i cant help but see a Ford front end when i look at the S. need to get rid of that oval and get a more stylish design.

Taser54
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Taser54

Is it functionally autonomous? If not, what is the breakthrough here? I mean Rinspeed might as well glue wings to the side and claim it was an autonomous plane-car.

Rick
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Rick

So basically you watch TV while riding backwards. Hope it comes with barf bags.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
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Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

Damn that thing’s ugly, at least 0.3 azteks.

Aaron
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Aaron

You can tell it’s a concept car because they’re using Windows RT tablets. 🙂

MikeK
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MikeK

Wow. They took a classy car and made it look like a below-average 10 year old designed it with somebody else’s leftover crayons.

Alaa
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Alaa

The chair she is on is like the dentist chair!

Alan Dean Foster
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The success and appropriateness of cartoon color combinations on cars is inversely proportion to the cost of the car.

Michael
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Michael

I’m 100% more interested in what appears to be a robotic automatic charging plug displayed at the left rear flank. Is that Kuka-labeled device available now?

That’s the sort of thing that should be installed at my home, and at every Supercharger in the world.

Driverguy01
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Driverguy01

Youre kidding right?
Ever heard of plugless inductive charging?
Do you miss having a handcrank to start your ICE car?
This whole concept is a little bit ridiculous, if you dont want to drive, take a taxi.
Plugs are a temporary way of charging and will be out in a few years.

Anon
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Anon

Nothing beats the efficiency of a direct cable connection…

Driverguy01
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Driverguy01

Tell that to people who soil their pants with the cable on rainy days….
true you get better efficiency with direct connection, but i will gladly give up the plug for a 10% loss any day of the week.

Michael
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Michael

I’m not buying plugless. Ever. If we had automated robotic cable charging, plugless inductive charging give exactly NO benefit over robotic, while slicing at least 10% off the efficiency every single day. Even if you had inductive charging, wouldn’t it be even better if the inductive coils were lined up with each other robotically, to maximize the energy transfer? So we’re most of the way back to robotic charging already.

I’m not having inductive charging, ever. Artificial vision is more than capable of lining up a plug with its dedicated socket these days, so it is almost trivial to get that part right. The only things left to address are safety and durability, and even those look like relatively easy targets at this point.

Driverguy01
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Driverguy01

Michael, i dont know how old you are but, you have probably been driving ICE cars for years. You know how inefficient ICE cars are right? Way below 20%! And you probably never raised an eyebrow about that.
Like it or not, i think they will very likely go mainstream within a few years. Between you and me, do we really want cables and robots everywhere you park? Cables are a tripping hazard. Can you just imagine, once we all go electric, public parkings full of cords on the ground. Nice little pads embeded in the ground waiting for you to park over it.
Welcome to my vision of the near futur.:)

Michael
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Michael
First, I’ve ALWAYS raised an eyebrow over how inefficient ICE vehicles are. To date, ICEs have been a necessary compromise. I think wireless charging is a long way over the horizon. An inductive charger offers no benefit at all over a charger designed like the one pictured above. There are no exposed cables showing there. Pull up next to it, provide authorization, and you’re charging. That’s how it should function. An automated plug would only need to know you have a compatible plug, regardless of the vehicle it’s installed in, and that the general area of the plug is facing toward the charger. I could even imagine one with a “multi-tool” head, as a temporary solution to charge several different plug standards from same power line. Charging robots everywhere aren’t necessary, but even if they were, little discreet connectors like this would be fine most anywhere. After all, we don’t die from all the parking meter posts around us, do we? Fire hydrants aren’t an unbearable inconvenience. On the other hand, large scale inductive chargers would need to be designed and tested with most every different compatible model of car, because the magnetic field is just that: a field. And… Read more »
Driverguy01
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Driverguy01
Michael, you have good points here and i respect your opinion, but, as you probably know, next gen Leaf will have plugless, read it here or on gm-volt.com. I am on the list to get Plugless Power in my driveway. once the Leaf gets it, chances are it will become the norm for other car makers also. Tell me, what scenario do you see becoming the norm first: robots adapted to every car out there, Leaf charges in the front, Volt is driver side behind the front wheel, Tesla is driver side above back wheel…. your robot will have to be very flexible to say the least. On the other hand, universal plugless will probably be under the front of the car (or the back but i doubt it as you cant steer the back wheels) with position senser IN THE CAR. It makes for a more simple technology. my bet is on my scenario. I walk with 2 canes and pulling on that cable in winter with ice on the ground is risky business for me. compare that with wireless internet, not reliable like a plug but most people use it anyway. People tend to go to the easier… Read more »
pjwood
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pjwood

And the girl fellas, the girl? Did you notice?

Color me distracted.

ffbj
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ffbj

Yes. Cute girls and cars. What will they think of next?