By on January 11, 2011

Want a small electric car that looks like a movie theater or even a stadium inside?  Johnson Controls shows the ie.3 concept car at NAIAS. Sure, it has a battery. But it also has spring loaded flip-up seats, just like at the movies. Or at he ballpark.

Johnson Controls says the flip-up seats create something that is sorely needed in small cars: Space. You can put some suitcases on the floor when the seats are flipped up. Johnson Controls produces batteries and interiors for vehicles. But they don’t make cars. “The ie:3 could be an attractive model for electric car buyers, although unfortunately it won’t go on sale,” writes an impressed Independent.

Maybe some other automaker will take them up on the idea. Flip a coin?

Get the latest TTAC e-Newsletter!

18 Comments on “Introducing A Car With Stadium Seating...”


  • avatar
    psarhjinian

    The Fit already does something like this, though only with the rear seats and not quite this easily.

    • 0 avatar
      Thinx

      Sure is innovative and all, but aside from novelty, how is this superior to having seats-backs that fold flat?
       
      The best thing I like about it though is that the seat and seat-frames seem to be minimalist, instead of the bulky over-padded cushions that you find everywhere else.

    • 0 avatar
      Educator(of teachers)Dan

      Easier curbside loading for tight parallel parking.  Oh wait I forgot I’m the only one under the age of 35 who knows how to do that anymore.  (Unless of course your the computer in a Lexus or select Lincolns ect. that can do it automatically.)

  • avatar
    gslippy

    Hopefully, Johnson Controls patented the idea so they can generate revenue from licensing it.

  • avatar
    BuzzDog

    Wow. Breakthrough. This may cure me of my propensity to throw crap on the back seat…

  • avatar
    Steven02

    I like the idea.  Seats still need to fold flat though.

  • avatar
    jpcavanaugh

    The rear seats in my Honda Fit does this.  The front does not because there is a gas tank under it.  If this car has any sort of a battery pack at all, it has to go somewhere.  I find the flip-up back seat useful, but have never encountered a situation when I wished that the front seat would do the same thing.  The beauty of the Fitis that the back seats also fold down to create a flat load floor (unlike the Versa). 

    • 0 avatar
      joeaverage

      The one Fit I rode in had a decent backseat but the dang headrests got me right in the middle of my back. Wasn’t in it long enough to see if the headrests could be pulled up and out of my back.

      The Honda Ridgeline does this too according to the brochure I looked at. You can apparently carry a mtn bike back there with the seat folded up. 15 mpg killed my interest in it.

  • avatar
    dastanley

    Well it can’t truly be stadium seating unless there’s sticky soda pop, ground in pop corn, and candy wrappers all over the floor. Don’t forget to hire an usher with a flashlight to help you find your seat in the dark. :-)

  • avatar
    fincar1

    Some guy on Bainbridge Island set up a dealership last October for electric bicycles and “cars”, which from the photo in the news article look more like golf carts. He hasn’t sold any of the golf carts yet, and seems to have finally figured out that you can’t sell vehicles in this climate if they don’t have doors.
    My first glance at the doorless cutaway graphic reminded me of this….

  • avatar
    Tosh

    How about inflatable chairs? Now THAT would save space! (You may have my idea for a nominal fee.)

  • avatar
    Dilengineer

    Looks like a cut up Kia

  • avatar
    slow kills

    What is the advantage of a suitcase on the floor over a suitcase on a seat?  Having to bend over further to pick it up?
    I toss stuff where it is convenient, and picking things up off the floor is most certainly not convenient.


Back to TopLeave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Subscribe without commenting

Recent Comments

New Car Research

Get a Free Dealer Quote

Staff

  • Contributing Writers

  • Jack Baruth, United States
  • Brendan McAleer, Canada
  • Marcelo De Vasconcellos, Brazil
  • Vojta Dobes, Czech Republic
  • Matthias Gasnier, Australia
  • W. Christian 'Mental' Ward, Abu Dhabi
  • Mark Stevenson, Canada
  • Cameron Aubernon, United States
  • J Emerson, United States