The standard US-built SUV has a range of 230 miles and was designed to fit European markets.
Pre-orders are now open for the Indi One, a crossover SUV by California startup Independent Electric Vehicles. William Bridge, the CEO of Global Green USA’s sustainability NGO, has reserved the first car. He is joined by Yoko Ono, Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert Redford on an honorary board.
Indi EV was established in 2017. It has been working on the One – a device that is between a Tesla Model Y or Tesla Model X – for more than three decades. The prototypes are currently being tested in preparation for a production start in 2023. Crash testing is also underway. Indi will manufacture the car in the USA. There are reportedly several locations under consideration.
The One base model, which comes with a 75kWh battery and a range of 230 miles, will be available for purchase at US$45,000 (or about PS34,000). Premium models are available for US$69,000 (PS52,000), and come with a 95kWh battery and 300-mile range.
The car will initially be sold in North America, but the majority of the One’s systems were designed for global homologation. Head of design Andre Hudson said that. The car is expected to reach European and Asian markets later.
The premium model features a powerful Windows computer, known as the vehicle-integrated computer (VIC), that is clearly visible through a panel under the bonnet. It is central to the One’s position as a digital toolbox’. Hudson stated that “We believe the future of EV tech will be measured more in processing speed than horsepower.”
It can be used as a mobile workspace, hub for editing, capturing and uploading content, or as a platform to host AR and VR games. The latter allows the gameplay to move with the vehicle’s movements, which can help eliminate nausea often associated with VR. Indi will be developing its own games and opening the system to third-party developers.
The AWD Indi One, despite its focus on infotainment and acceleration, accelerates from rest to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds for the premium model. It has 470bhp at the top speed of 130 mph. Indi has used the expertise of outside consultants and suppliers such as Tata, Faurecia, a seating specialist, to improve the air-suspended chassis.
Q&A – Andre Hudson (head of design, Indi EV
Andre Hudson, a former designer for Hyundai and GM, joined Indi EV in 2003 and oversees the design of the Indi One.
What was the inspiration for the Indi One’s styling?“Aesthetically, it was about it trying to feel like a piece of digital hardware. Many EVs are very luxurious and sculptural. The styling of this car is more simple and clean. The lighting and Indi logo are extensions of the computer circuit that runs at its heart.
How do you manage the engineering work? “We have a core team in LA. Each area’s heads of development have worked with global engineering partners in areas such as chassis design, lighting systems, and body structure. Tom Gage was involved in the creation of the battery modules and packs.
Indi EV hopes to go from foundation to production within six years. An EV can do that. You can purchase components that have been tested and validated, such as the suspension or electric drive units (EDUs).
What other ways have you saved time?We utilized proven technologies in our design. Our startup friends, especially on the West Coast have been working to develop EDUs or trying new seating arrangements or architectures. This means that you have to start from scratch for validation and development, and there are many problems along the way. You can reduce development time by using proven technology and focusing on the core user experience.