philippe starck: V+ volteis electric car philippe starck: V+ volteis electric car
apr 02, 2012

philippe starck: V+ volteis electric car


debuted at geneva motor show 2012, the ‘V+ volteis’ is an electric car concept developed by french designer philippe starck in collaboration with volteis, a french electric vehicle manufacturer. under the design philosophy ‘less and more’, the 1600-pound car is composed almost entirely of aluminum,  with a full windshield, fabric roof, and no doors. 

3/4 front view



starck‘s car concept for volteis would include a 4kW engine with 11.5kWh battery pack that drives power to the craft, with a maximum speed of 40mph and a single-charge range of 37 miles. technology adopted from current electric car engineering practices  include a trailing-arm rear suspension and disc brakes for smoother acceleration and safe deceleration respectively. the battery achieves 50% capacity in two hours from a standard 220 V power source, and six hours to full. a wicker dashboard and storage unit are complemented by seat frames created by dedon outdoor furniture producers. starck designed the ‘V+ volteis’ in response to his dissatisfaction with the current  state of automotives: ‘they’re noisy, dirty, anti-social, masochistic; and they bring out the worst in people.’

3/4 rear view



the vehicle is set for limited production, to be sold first in 15 shops throughout france and then worldwide, at an estimated 40,000 USD. starck envisions the car to be used primarily in the hospitality industry, at resorts, restaurants, or hotels. 

interior, view of dashboard

the bare-bones design characterizes the interior as well. the only controls are a gauge meter above the steering wheel, which indicates the speed and battery level.

view from windshield

colour combinations

  • ‘Starck designed the ‘V+ volteis’ in response to his dissatisfaction with the current
    state of automotives: ‘they’re noisy, dirty, anti-social, masochistic; and they bring out the worst in people.’

    Isn’t this a akward comparisson?
    He didn’t design a CAR imo. this is a golf CART for the hospitality industry, at resorts, restaurants, or hotels.
    Golf carts don’t bring out the worst in people, SUV’s and expensive (sport)cars do.
    It’s like saying motorbikes are bad, look at my designer electric moped.

    funky little overpriced golfcart though.

    cj says:
  • SUVs and (sport)cars are the only vehicles that bring out the worst in people?

    do I detect a note of proletarian rancor here?

    however, I agree, it\’s a golfcart and a damned expensive one at that – I also can\’t quite imagine being hauled over the bumpy raggedy mudpaths that pass for roads at many resort areas with my ass in those seats

    dbkii says:
  • huh? nice but not the high price. I like the design and functions for community errands.
    I can convert my golf cart that way for much lesser expense, or if not, buy a used good running golf cart ?

  • That it is aluminum, has disc brakes, an independent suspension, an 11.5-kWh motor with big battery, is limited production and a Stark design explain its U.S. 40K price. But as a 40-mph road vehicle it is a box turtle on a runway. Not a single safety feature to be seen. Fatality rate 100 percent, even if what collides with it is another V+ volteis. Not one of your good thoughts, Philippe.

    Tom P says:
  • Starck – Fail!

    uds says:
  • it works!… in a golf field only…

    diefesan says:
  • A chocolate teapot on wheels. It looks really safe ha, ha. Should stick to uncomfortable furniture

    mummerron says:
  • How does one get into the back seats easily?

    Some details are beautiful, but it does not seem to all fit together well. I wonder if they were going for a car, but to cover themselves they admit it’s merely a golf cart? Another under-developed product… says:
  • Perfect for a kidnap 😛

    CHaP says:
  • 40 mph with a 37 mile range… Going nowhere fast.

    Country says:
  • Does it come with a matching handbag?

    elibby says:
  • Frequently the real reason for a design is to direct thought in a new direction. Although there may be many ergonomic conflicts possible here, maybe the point of these conflicts is to examine the wisdom of the automobile in its most elemental form, and ask ourselves if we should accept the logic of designs we hold as the most evolved so far.

    This isnt really a car at all, its a vehicle for new thought.

    Mike (orspring) says:
  • search for the clmnsm.blogspot and you will find the same solutio ffor the chair

    john d says:

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