This massive vehicle can also travel via electric power and navigate itself autonomously.
Imagine how transportation would be different without the invention of the internal combustion engine. For one thing, the entire Motor1 team would be out jobs. The latest concept from the design house Camal imagines how such a vehicle could work by melding elements from the past and the future.
Camal calls its Viva concept an “assisted carriage.” Rather than a combustion engine, this thing uses horsepower – literally. Two horses pull the vehicle along like an old-school buggy. As the animals trot along, the wheels’ movement charges on-board batteries, and the vehicle’s electric motors can assist in the propulsion when the animals get tired. The Viva can even run solely on electric power and navigate autonomously when owners want to leave the Clydesdales in the stable. The image below illustrates how the process works.
The Viva’s exterior is simple and futuristic. Long, textured rails extend down each side of the vehicle, and there are two wheels up front. Occupants sit in a large pod, and a spherical wheel is at the rear.
Camal’s images don’t provide a good sense of scale, but the Viva would be quite a large vehicle. According to the firm, it imagines the carriage being 23 feet (7 meters) long. For reference, a Rolls-Royce Phantom Extended is nearly 20 feet (6.092 meters) long. The Viva is also 8.2 feet (2.5 meters) wide and 6.6 feet (2 meters) tall.
The carriage’s ample size allows for an opulent interior. Four occupants would face each other from pairs of large, comfy chairs on each side of the cabin.
Don’t expect to see a return to the horse and buggy as a mainstream means of transport, but Camal has a thought-provoking idea here. When the world eventually runs out of fossil fuels, maybe this is how the rich would get around.
Gallery: Camal Viva assisted carriage concept
VIVA, the new CAMAL's concept
Turin, 5th of July 2017
VIVA is the CAMAL vision of sustainable luxury, a unique concept above every classification
Founded in 2008 by the hand of Alessandro Camorali — whose career intertwined with notable brands and sources of Italian automobile design — CAMAL S.r.l. has a talented team of young designers and virtual modellers, with the ability to fullfill every client's’ request, working on special projects and one-off vehicles.
VIVA born to offer exclusivity to an increasingly growing demand from special clients, finding its position above today's standards for a vehicle and approaching the ideal of luxury used on the nautical and architectural fields.
The style of VIVA is born as an expression of pure form. Basic geometries transform and intersect themselves in a rational movement, interrupted by an asymmetrical cover with a complex craftsmanship. Order and movement combine volumes, colors and materials that brought to life by the reflecting light. The true luxury becomes time, a value that cannot be measured economically and that lives through styles and costumes.
The size of VIVA is diffucult to compare to conventional vehicles with 7m of lenght, a width of 2,5m and 2m height without considering the horses. Comparable to a limousine, its elliptical central body has a comfortable space for 4 occupants in “vis a vis“ configuration, a living room where you can spend your time with discretion and with all the comforts.
The two side runners that support the central capsule are precisely hand-worked with deco motifs and frame in the front position two indipendent, electrical wheels while in the rear they point out the spherical GOODYEAR wheel ensuring an optimal setting reguarding stability and driving comfort. The front of the vehicle wants to recall the dawn of cars, two plexiglass illuminated in the contours frame make a conceptual grille, opening in width when switching from carriage to autonomous vehicle.
VIVA is born as an assisted carriage, a concept which is new but at he same time as old as the vehicle's birth.
Horses act as a traction in carriage mode recharging the litium batteries. In case of effort or fatigue due to the changing ground, horses are assisted by the electric motors in order to reduce the impact
on the traction.
In this mode, as in the previous one, horses don't act as an ornament but as a real support for the self-driving of the carriage, guided by the animal intelligence like once in former times creating a simbiosis with men.
The third stage of the vehicle involves the detachment of the horses in special equipped parking areas, transforming the carriage into a totally electric autonomous vehicle.
VIVA doesn't want to be the car of tomorrow but the status of the future luxury, for this reason its not meant to become a design icon but wants to show a possible future where elegance and luxury can coexist with concepts of sustainable mobility, respecting and enhancing the environment and the elements that surround men.