Indi One: a supercomputer wrapped in an electric vehicle | Eco-Auto

  • The Indi One is IndiEV’s first vehicle, a mid-size crossover.

  • Two electric motors are available, with powers of 275 and 475 horsepower.

  • The price ranges from $45,000 to $69,000 in the United States.

IndiEV is one of many new car companies looking to cash in on the wave of electric cars, and will launch its first car in the first quarter of 2024. It’s a mid-size crossover dubbed the India One. Will this California-based company succeed where many others have failed?

According to Andre Hudson, head of design at IndiEV, established in 2017, we will certainly succeed, since we do things differently. He joined the firm in 2019, after spending seven years at GM and twelve at Hyundai, helping to create vehicles such as the Chevrolet SSR, the Cadillac Cien and Cadillac Sixteen concepts as well as the sixth-generation Hyundai Sonata, sold with us from 2011 to 2014.

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The Indi One is the first vehicle from the new brand, which made its official debut in Consumer Electronics Show in January 2022, to then be displayed at the New York Auto Show in April. Its design is modern and young, inspired by the appearance of the latest mobile phones, tablets, computers and game consoles. This is no coincidence, since the founder of IndiEV made his fortune in the industry of video games.

What’s different, according to Hudson, is that the Indi One isn’t just a car, but a game room and content creation studio. It incorporates a supercomputer named VIC for Vehicle Integrated Computer, allowing users to accomplish everything they could do on their computer at home, but on the road. Based on Windows, VIC works with an open source code, and a software development kit (SDK or Software Development Kit) would also be available so owners can customize VIC to their needs and wants. This computer could also perform cryptocurrency data mining and integrate blockchain technology, meaning the owner could even generate income using his car.

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“As the adoption of electric vehicles progresses, future generations will make their purchasing decisions based on the computing power of cars and how their technologies support and help them in their lives. We are confident that IndiEV is favorably positioned to please buyers, in their hearts and minds,” Hudson quoted.

The Indi One looks small in photos, but it’s actually quite big, with an overall length of 4,801 millimeters, a width of 1,981 mm and a roofline of 1,702 mm. The company cites the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Tesla Model Y, Volkswagen ID.4 and Hyundai IONIQ 5 as rivals, and although the vehicle was designed primarily for the user experience inside the cabin, the design exterior is aerodynamic and streamlined. Like any automaker touting its products, IndiEV says the Indi One was created “for active people, ready for whatever life throws at them. »

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The five-passenger cabin is plenty bright thanks to a standard panoramic glass roof, while the 1,218-litre cargo area includes a locking tie-down system so owners can fabricate partitions and other parts with a 3D printer, in order to configure the safe to their needs. However, the focus is up front, where the steering wheel and small digital driver display are flanked by two side-by-side 15.6-inch touchscreens. The one in the center is obviously used for the multimedia system and the ventilation, while the one on the right is directly connected to the on-board computer.

A keyboard and a mouse can be connected to the system in order to work more efficiently. Current laws prohibit the driver from seeing what is happening on the right screen, so it will be adapted so that only the passenger can use it. There are five high-definition cameras and microphones on board, allowing you to create content and participate in videoconferences. Passengers can have fun with video games, even those exploiting augmented reality with headphones and controllers. IndiEV says its system is tuned to not cause motion sickness.

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As for the technical specifications, the Indi One will be available with one of two battery packs. The base vehicle will offer a capacity of 75 kWh with an estimated range of 370 kilometers, while the more expensive variants and the Launch Edition will benefit from a 95 kWh battery, providing an estimated range of 483 km. Charging speed is limited to 100 kW. Vehicles equipped with the big battery will incorporate two electric motors, creating all-wheel drive, developing a total of 475 horsepower and 538 lb-ft of torque, and according to the company, this allows accelerations of 0-96 km/h (0 to 60 mph) in 4.2 seconds. The base vehicle gets an electric motor with 275 horsepower and 302 lb-ft, allowing 0-60 mph sprints in 6.7 seconds.

The Indi One also includes a host of advanced safety features, and while the company says its future products will emphasize autonomous driving, this one is limited to a level two semi-autonomous system. The steering wheel adopts a technology called “halo” consolidating all active safety warnings. For example, Blind Spot Monitoring displays directional warning lights on the steering wheel itself, along with haptic feedback. According to IndiEV, this system is more intuitive than the usual visual and audible signals distributed throughout the cabin when one of these safety devices activates.

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Customers interested in the Indi One can place a pre-order, with a refundable reservation cost starting at US$100, which includes a unique gift set matching the color and trim level of the chosen vehicle. The color palette includes nine shades, and the base version starts at US$45,000, while a full-featured Indi One will retail for around US$69,000. The vehicle would also be eligible for a tax credit in the United States for the acquisition of an electric vehicle, with a maximum of $7,500.

Initial sales will be limited to the southwestern regions of the United States, but are expected to expand to other locations across the country afterward. As for the Canadian market, nothing has been confirmed by IndiEV so far. According to his website, the first deliveries would be made in the second quarter of 2023, but during a recent conference call with the media, Andre Hudson rather argued that the first buyers will have to wait until the first quarter of 2024.

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