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Zagato Z-Eco (1993)

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Zagato Z-Eco (1993)

We came across this curiosity from the 90's recently, and it was a bit of a shock to find an electric bike on it.

The London Design Museum held an exhibition during 1993 celebrating the Fiat 500 legend and heralding the arrival of the new Cinquecento. Fiat recruited eight Italian design houses to offer concept versions of the Cinquecento. Bertone made an off-road spider, Boneschi a minicab, Pininfarina a pick-up, ITCA a mini-cabrio, Coggiola went for a streamlined coupe, while Italdesign opted for a tailgated people carrier and the I.DE.A. Ins

titute opted for a high-tech three-seater. Venerable Italian coachbuilder Zagato went for a city car with space for a bike. The Bertone, Zagato and I.DE.A. designs were constructed and displayed at the Design Museum.

Zagato designed the Z-Eco as a perfect commuter car, where you could park it at the edge of town and ride the bike for further journeys around town.

zagato z-eco electric bike

zagato z-eco electric bike

Here's a really interesting bit of info. When the electric bike is placed on the car, it would be automatically recharging.

We're not quite sure what make the electric bike was, we know that Yamaha had an electric bike in 1993, but this doesn't look the same. It may have been a mocked-up electric bike just for the exhibition.

zagato z-eco electric bike


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