(from Venturi Press
Release) Eclectic (pho. « Eclectic »): Broad-mindedness enabling
one to address all new ideas with understanding, taking the best
offered by each different system.
FROM CONCEPT TO PRODUCTION
Constant fluctuations in
gas prices, the economic crisis, wars, omnipresent pollution,
irreversible climate changes, the whittling down of resources… Our
world is going through a period when the stakes in terms of energy
form the very basis for universal chaos.
It was within this unprecedented context that the Venturi Eclectic
Concept Car was launched at the Paris Motor Show of 2006.
Like the earlier presentation of the Fétish, Eclectic was a
surprise, and caused a few smiles as well, before becoming a real
Consecrated best innovation of the year after the I-phone by “Time
Magazine” in the United States, the Venturi Eclectic Concept Car
will remain the first energy-autonomous electric vehicle in the
history of the automobile.
As a result of the considerable interest shown by the public in this
model, we have had to adapt it to mass production. More compact,
lighter, Eclectic has become a real urban car, ready to confront the
important stakes that await it (see: “Markets targeted”).
Nevertheless, the Eclectic has retained its original philosophy: it
is much more than a simple vehicle. A real production and storage
plant for renewable energies, either solar or wind-based, it can
also be recharged on any kind of socket on the electricity network
thanks to its on-board charger.
ECLECTIC DESIGN, BY SACHA LAKIC
“Beneath its appearance
of a small, futuristic robot-car there hides the first
energy-autonomous urban vehicle.
What enables the Eclectic to move is all around it, free and in
endless quantities. It simply has to deploy its wind turbine, expose
its photovoltaic cells and, if necessary, find a simple electric
It’s customary to “stylise” a car. The Eclectic gets its unique
personality from an approach dedicated to design. Its form reflects
its function. A compact silhouette, a smiling face and a keen gaze,
the Eclectic was born for the city.
Its driving position is unique: it is in the center of the passenger
compartment. The feeling of safety and mastery of the vehicle’s
external proportions are self-evident.
The elevated position of the seats enables the Eclectic’s three
passengers to enjoy a high, panoramic view of their surroundings.”
Production will start in
October 2009 in a brand new assembly plant based in France near the
town of Sablé-sur-Sarthe. This plant, which will meet the highest
environmental criteria, will make it possible in time to assemble up
to 3,000 light vehicles per year.
The versatile Eclectic
satisfies growing demand for “zero emission” urban vehicles which
can be divided into 6 distinct markets:
- Private individuals for their daily transportation;
- Youngsters who can drive it from the age of 16;
- Professionals requiring a utility vehicle;
- Industrial zones, amusement parks, closed-circuit hotel resorts;
- Corporate fleets;
- Collectivities and car-sharing fleets.
Commercialization of the Eclectic began with car fleets as its
initial target. It is in fact possible, as of now, for both private
individuals and professionals to reserve their vehicle.
The Eclectic is
available in several models, priced from 15,000 € plus VAT,
including batteries (not including state subsidies):
- 1 seat for use as a delivery vehicle;
- 3 seats for use as a private or fleet vehicle;
- 5 seats for people transport on private roads and sites.
The Eclectic’s rear platform adapts to the widest range of transport
requirements for both people and merchandise (up to 1 m3 and 150
- 7 kWh lithium pack batteries;
- 70 W solar roof.
- 300 W wind turbine;
- side doors ;
- 2-seater benchseat at the rear;
- rear trunk.