Geneva 2012: Batmobile meets Tron in Valmet Dawn

Mad electric concept car from 100% credible carmaker

By Farah Alkhalisi on March 10, 2012 11:41 AM

Valmet Automotive is showing off its electric car engineering skills with a roadster concept called Dawn.

This super-low-slung, super-aerodynamic single-seat speedster has bodywork flowing right down to the ground, plus an open-mouthed grille incorporating what appears to be an induction-charging system (either that, or it’s a hob for cooking whilst on the move).

It displays Valmet’s battery pack, drivetrain, control unit, charging and vehicle integration capabilities. There’s no more detail than that from the company, but the Dawn has probably achieved its intentions: to get people looking. Job done.

Valmet is a credible carmaker and consultancy nonetheless, which has been making cars for clients for over 40 years. It currently builds the Karma for Fisker at its production facility in Uusikaupunki, Finland, and describes itself as a ‘full service engineering partner’; it has further operations in Osnabrück, Germany, and Zary, Poland, where it makes convertible roofs for customers including BMW/MINI, Daimler, Renault and VW/Bentley.

Its other contracts have included building the Think City, the Porsche Boxster and Cayman, bodies for the Renault Clio V6, and numerous Saab models.

This isn’t Valmet’s first electric vehicle concept; it made an electric city car called Eva in 2010. This also showcased the company’s talents, demonstrating a modular aluminium spaceframe structure developed in-house, a simple direct-drive motor, a future HMI (human machine interface) communications system and a powertrain capable of 120km/h and a range of 160km – in a 2+2 seater bodyshell rather more conventional-looking than the Dawn’s. Do we remember the Eva? No.


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