Mike Stevens | Feb 17, 2009

The last time we talked about a Rinspeed project, the crazy Swiss geniuses had created the Rinspeed sQuba, a regular looking car that doubled as a fully-submersible underwater vehicle.

In 2009, the mad scientists are back, this time with the iChange: an electric sports car that transforms to carry either one or three passengers, courtesy of its pop-up rear end.

Weighing 1050kg (2315lb), the zero-emissions iChange is powered by a 150kW (201hp) electric motor, with power sent to the wheels via a six-speed ‘pre-selector’ Subaru WRX donor transmission.

Despite the relative lack of power, the iChange’s featherweight body allows it to charge to 100km/h in a touch over four seconds, with an impressive top speed of 220km/h.

Power comes from lithium-ion batteries under the hood, which can be arranged in one of two possible configurations, depending on the distance required.

While the batteries' main energy needs are in the charging station, the roof of the iChange is lined with solar panelling to give the charging process that little extra on-the-move boost.

Expect to see the iChange at the Geneva Motor Show.

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