Heatherwick Studio designs electric car that becomes a bedroom

UK architect Heatherwick Studio has designed "Airo", an electric concept vehicle for Chinese car manufacturer IM Motors.

Launched at Shanghai Motor Show, Airo will not emit fossil fuel pollutants, and has a high-efficiency particulate air (Hepa) filtering system allowing the car to clean the air of pollution created by other cars.

The car doubles as a mobile living space, with a pop-up table for dining, rotating seats that can face each other or be folded away to create room for a bed, while the roof turns opaque for privacy.

Heatherwick Studio has also designed a charging station for the Airo, intended to become a part of a city’s urban fabric.

Thomas Heatherwick, Heatherwick Studio founder, said:  "Airo isn’t simply another electric car that doesn’t pollute the air. Instead, using the latest Hepa filter technology, it goes further by also vacuuming-up pollutants from other cars as it drives along.

"Designed to simultaneously address the global space shortage, Airo is also a multi-functional room with extra space for dining, working, gaming or even sleeping. As a new room for our lives, with a changing view, Airo is a car intended to transport us to a cleaner and better future."

Manufacture of the Airo is expected to start in 2023.

Images courtesy of Heatherwick Studio

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