Byton’s Electric Car of the Future Inches Closer to Reality


‘The goal was not to do a sports car that accelerates from zero to 100 mph in 2 seconds.’ Jacobs says the small design team had a lot of freedom and, because of the limited space,

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It’s been nearly two years since we saw Byton‘s ambitious electric concept car presented at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Now, the Chinese startup is showing a ‘production ready’ version of its M-Byte SUV, whose pi’ce de r’sistance is a 48-inch display screen that stretches across the entire dash.

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The M-Byte design was led by Beno’t Jacob, who previously worked at Renault, Audi and BMW, and whose credits include the concept and production versions of the BMW i3. ‘The motivation was really to address some essential questions about mobility, to bring innovation but in a very meaningful way,’ Jacobs explains. ‘The goal was not to do a sports car that accelerates from zero to 100 mph in 2 seconds.’ Jacobs says the small design team had a lot of freedom and, because of the limited space, did much of the modeling virtually.

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