Made of aluminum and glass and measuring just over 15 feet in length, ECCO is an aerodynamic, electric car that can be fully and rapidly charged at a 240V recharging station. Ecco also comes with an added bonus: while it serves as a vehicle to transport its user from Point A to Point B, it also converts into a “temporary home” once the desired destination is reached, it is equipped with two sleeping areas, a kitchen, living area with adjustable seating, and a toilet/shower room. More details comes from the architect NAU after the jump.

Arch2o ECCO NAU-01

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Since their introduction, automobiles have been a source of passion and meanings as individual as their drivers. Today they are often associated with luxury, performance or safety, but the Ecco aims to remind us they can still be about freedom.

Following on the heels of design classics like the Airstream or VW camper van, the Ecco gets passengers to their destination, and becomes a temporary home when they get there. Compact, stylish and aerodynamic while on the road; when it is parked, the Ecco expands to provide a level of space and comfort that its forebearers could only dream of.

Arch2o ECCO NAU-04

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The exterior is a harmonious blend of precision aluminum and glass. Its direct and sculptural form cheats the wind while pleasing the eye. While a bit wider than its Volkswagen predecessor, the Ecco’s form is more aerodynamic, and the vehicle rides closer to the ground. The result is vastly improved interior volume, wonderful sight-lines for all passengers, and less wind resistance to boot.

As an all-electric vehicle, the Ecco has no emissions of its own, and can be quickly charged at a standard 240V station. But when used for extended living purposes, even where no electricity is available, its built-in photovoltaic panels and solar sail roof mean that it can cut out the middle man, and charge directly from the sun. The Ecco’s promise: Zero emissions. Zero guilt. Unlimited space to dream.

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