Digital designer adapts Hyundai Ioniq Q styling to e-bikes
Hyundai’s Ioniq range consists of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fully electric vehicles. The fuel-efficient range doesn’t just cut emissions, it also sports Hyundai’s most futuristic factory styling. From the sleek silhouette and origami-inspired shape of the Ioniq 5 to the eye-catching grille of the Ioniq Hybrid, the Korean manufacturer proves that it doesn’t shy away from pushing design boundaries.
This is exactly how digital designer Ji Woong Cha also approaches his work, and the Seoul, Korea-based artist imagines how Hyundai could integrate an electric motorcycle into its Ioniq series. While motorcycle manufacturers often treat the engine as an integral design element, electric batteries can look like large chunks bolted to a motorcycle’s frame. For this reason, Cha takes the opposite approach with the Ioniq Q concept.
Mimicking the “q” in the “Ioniq” logo, the designer creates a sturdy frame with a large center cutout. An integrated battery box not only acts as a stressed member of the frame, but also closes the “q” loop. At the rear, a long double-sided swingarm resembles the tail of the letter “q” and completes the concept design.
Up front, a sloping fork provides the slammed look commonly adopted in the custom cruiser scene. The Ioniq Q enters Harley-Davidson Fat Bob territory thanks to the oversized Pirelli P-Zero tires. The signature pixel headlight picks up a page from Hyundai’s Ioniq design book, but the cluster configuration is reminiscent of Star Trek’s Lt. Commander La Forge. To match the low, lean stance, Cha adds a set of low handlebars and a unique seat.
The front throttle and brake lever remain mounted on the right handlebar, but the left grip also features a lever with an unspecified function. Presumably the right brake lever would control the front brake, but with no clutch and the electric motor leaving no room for a rear braking system, the left lever appears to be a phantom component.
When it comes to digital concepts, the Ioniq Q leans more towards form than function, but it’s encouraging to see the designers taking inspiration from successful electric vehicle platforms.