One of the stars of the London Motor Show, Riversimple is not satisfied with showing the Rasa and a completely new way of conceiving cars and individual transportation. The disruptive company has also released plans for two new cars, a sedan and a van. But in a totally different way than that you may imagine. The first difference are the doors, which open upwards, even the suicide rear doors.
The sedan has notchback lines, but not a rear door. The choice of this sort of body is obviously linked to aerodynamics: sedans present less turbulence in their backs. And while the Rasa is the urban car by excellence, families will need a bigger car. The lines of the new sedan have been also conceived by Chris Reitz, famous for being the designer of the modern Fiat 500.
The front-end of the new Riversimple is very similar to the one presented by Rasa. The main differences are on the rear-view side mirrors and on the headlights.
The back of the Four Door, as Riversimple calls it, is also more refined, showing special tail lights. Possibly the same ones the production Rasa will present (and the ones the prototype could not present due to costs and ongoing development). The ones you can help get ready by becoming a shareholder of the company, if you wish to.
The van reminds us very much of the VW Bus, even if with a more aerodynamic design. And a very futuristic one as well. The rear wheel in all designs appears with covers also due to a more friendly approach to air resistance. The wheels also cause turbulence. With regenerative brakes and much less weight than equivalent vehicles, Riversimple cars can afford to cover the wheels with less risk of losing brake efficiency due to heat, for example.
There is no word so far on technical specifications for these 2 new models, but we may expect them to be as impressive as the ones of Rasa. While the sedan may use the same fuel cell from the Rasa, we expect the van to present a bigger one, due to mass and to range demands, which should be provided by a bigger tank than the one in Rasa, which holds 1.5 kg of hydrogen. And gives it a range of 483 km.
Rasa testings begin this year and should be carried on in 2017. We cannot say anything about sales because Riversimple cars will not be sold, as we have already explained. But we can say the company plans to make them available to the public in 2018.