Dacia Manifesto electric buggy, the concept we didn’t expect!

While it is difficult to imagine finding this very simple machine in large numbers on our roads, however, it would delight many professionals and individuals who have reasons to travel off-road. Electric? Between others!

new identity

Underneath its big toy look, this concept car confirms the new presentation of the Dacia identity. As with the Bigster introduced earlier last year, the new logo is placed in the center of a luminous line made up of geometric shapes. It consists of the stylized letters D and C of the brand.

The buggy is, however, much shorter. In front of the SUV concept’s 4.60 m, the V3 only extends to 3.60 m. It’s 13 cm shorter than a Dacia Spring. However, it is wider than the current Duster: 1.85m against 1.80m. Its height of 1.55 m is underlined by a high ground clearance, made possible in particular by the huge punctured tires whose Michelin launched the idea in 2005 with the Tweel.

Very different, the buggy ones were designed specifically for him. Thanks to manually adjustable spring/damper combinations, the ride height can be modified.

Convenient and…

When choosing a minimalist look, “ the manufacturer wants to highlight the essential aspect, outdoors, ecological and economical commented Maxime Fontanier. Probably unintentionally reminiscent of early pre-World War II Citroën 2 CV prototypes, the Dacia concept buggy appears to have only one headlight. Additional and made up of LEDs, it is removable to light up a campsite, for example. On the vehicle, it complements the light line that forms a lip under the hood.

You may recall that, made of upholstery material stretched by rubber bands on a metal frame, the seats of the old tempered car could be pulled out of the passenger compartment for picnic purposes. Dacia went even further by using exclusive padded sleeping bags that would allow sleeping next to the vehicle.

And to complete the perfect adventurer’s panoply, an additional rear-mounted removable battery pack can power kitchen appliances, for example. This Dacia Power Station has an energy capacity of 2.25 kWh. Electric scooters in the equivalent of 50 cm³, credited with a range of 60 to 80 km, don’t have that much.

… minimalist

Simplicity is omnipresent in Dacia’s two-seater V3 concept: no doors, no windows, no unnecessary body parts. The latter was formed from recycled plastic. This minimalism serves in particular to light up the vehicle. ” This is the Dacia spirit “, emphasizes Maxime Fontanier.

Luggage and equipment must be secured by means of tensioners to the roof or sides of the vehicle. This is facilitated by the presence in these places of a multitude of small holes.

The imposing platform behind the seats is designed to serve as a workbench or picnic table. This can be appreciated by a professional who has to intervene in isolated areas. For example, a breeder or a forester. On board, plastic fasteners and handles are present to add various accessories, such as a cup holder or eyeglass case, for example. It’s up to you to imagine how useful they can be for you.

Electric?

Has the buggy prototype just been presented by Dacia Electric? ” This concept must support several types of motorization. It can be thermal, hybrid or 100% electric. Technically it could get the motor and battery of about 27 kWh from a Dacia Spring », replies Maxime Fontanier. The control instruments also seem very suitable for a connected powertrain.

Materials such as the cork and rubber mix from old tires that line the dashboard and top of the steering wheel will have to withstand exposure to sunlight and moisture. This composition has another practical use: pinning messages, just like in the office.

No touch screen, but a dock, with 2 USB ports, to receive your smartphone. Like the Citroën Ami quadricycle, or the Volkswagen e-Up! and its derivatives, the latter can then serve you at least as a GPS and a music source. Unlike the one on the German electric city car, the grip feels a bit light to keep the device in off-road use in the Dacia concept.

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a little digital

Behind the steering wheel, a digital cube displays essential driving information, including current speed and direction of travel. In the electric version, it must also provide the battery power level. The selector that allows you to play with the classic P, R, N, D modes is placed in the usual way between the 2 seats. Its original shape could resemble that of a table punch.

Below this instrument, 3 buttons, one of which activates the hazard lights. Thus located, he finds himself much more easily than drowned in a panel in the midst of many systems that attract far more attention than he does. As is unfortunately the case with many passenger cars today, electric or not.

The rack branches support the 2 small touchpads that are used to place orders. Interestingly, the horizontal patterns take up the Dacia logo, but inverted.

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