Monacon: Testing the Electric Derp

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011 @ 18:03 | MIT & Boston

It’s a known fact that 99% of electric car concepts and products look derpy. There’s positively no other word to describe them. They’re generally made the same way consumer electronics are made – an industrial design professional makes a smooth, Apple-inspired case, and the engineers stuff the electronics in somehow. So in the end, you get a car that looks round and bubbly without hard angles or defined shapes (because that’s too industrial? An actual quote from 2.009 instructors, I kid you not), lacking definition, or a spine. It looks like you took a real car and half-melted it.

In other words, I’m once again blaming Apple for ever consumer product design trend that I find distasteful and off-putting. There go my chances of ever working for them…

But here’s a video of me driving the derpiest looking car on the planet. I will say that despite the derp, it has a pretty solid kick.

It reminds me of an upscale lolriokart.



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    3 Responses to “Monacon: Testing the Electric Derp”

    1. Robin Says:

      Hey don’t blame Apple. Why the MacBook pro I’m writing this on has that CNC machined case and it has an extremely sharp edge which digs into your hands, especially when, as now, I have the cat lying in between me and the computer. This is definitely the sharpest edge I can recall in a recent consumer product.

    2. Bradley Says:

      I’ve been told that most of the reason virtually all fuel-efficient cars have taken on boring lozenge shapes is aerodynamic drag concerns, rather than styling.

    3. the chuxxor Says:

      I know, but that doesn’t stop me from making fun of them for being derpy.