With electric cars becoming a symbol of the future of the automotive industry, a large portion of electric car manufacturers are purposely using futuristic and minimalist designs. This kind of design language also transfers to interiors, with the emphasis often more on cutting-edge technological features than on comfort and opulence. The results are electric cars with poor overall appeal, clumsy handling, drivability and poorly organized (at best) compartments to meet our daily needs.
And while they’re glamorous and considered a modern segment, there are some pretty cheap and terrible electric vehicles out there that prove there’s a big difference between being futuristic and looking like trash. So, in this list, we’ll be looking at some of the worst electric car interiors ever released. Keep in mind that this is not a list of the worst electric cars, but rather a compilation of intriguing electric vehicles with remarkably poor interiors and overall appearance, proving that this segment is not consisting only of modern-looking cars with sophisticated features.
The G-Wiz, as it is mostly known in the UK, was a small micro-electric car produced by Indian manufacturer Reva. After 11 years of building cars, the company has only sold around 4,600 units worldwide.
As you might expect, the specs weren’t that good, to begin with, but the interior was a real aesthetic killer. It looked like something a cartoon character would drive. Not attractive at all!
9 Th!nk City
Even though it was originally designed several years before it was built, that didn’t stop it from being another ‘ordinary’ car to hit the market. Its sales are terrible since they barely exceed the 1,000 unit mark.
Despite its fairly good characteristics, there were two things wrong with this car. Firstly, its interior which isn’t so bad but not great either, and secondly, its absurd price. We are talking about $38,000 at least!
8 Corbin’s Sparrow
Even though it technically rolls on 3 wheels, the Corbin Sparrow belongs to the category of microcars. The Myers Motors NmG, as it was later called, was retailed from 1999 through the early 2010s and was designed for city driving.
Aside from the entire car looking like an oversized shoe, the interior looked more like a video game seat and steering wheel than a car, even if we’re talking about an electric car.
One of the very first electric vehicles, the Citicar was produced by Sebring Vanguard from 1974 to 1977 and could be considered the Tesla of the era. However, this particular unit looks like the Cybertruck and that’s not a compliment.
Just like the exterior, the interior design was pretty bad. Even though wooden accents were considered elegant at the time, a car looking like this, with this seat color, would be very ugly by today’s standards.
6 Gurgel Itaipu E150
Much like the Citicar, the E150 was designed in the 1970s but only a few units were made, making it a collector’s item. Following the same rectangular shape as the Citicar, the E150 looks very bad.
Here’s the problem with the interior. Even though the color of the seats matched the exterior, the steering wheel and dashboard looked like a cheap kid’s toy.
5 Tesla Cybertruck
We just talked about the straight lines and rectangular design, so you’d expect a company like Tesla to not base their layout on old standards, but you’d be wrong.
Apart from the exterior, the interior is a bit quirky. It’s not ugly, but it’s just not good unless you want to feel like you’ve just walked into a mansion. The marble material, although new, just seems outdated.
4 ZENN electric car
The Zero Emissions No Noise (ZENN) was a neighborhood electric vehicle that couldn’t go faster than 25 mph and had a range of just 40 miles.
As you can see, the exterior design made it look more like a van than a regular car. Its exterior, however, is even worse as it just doesn’t look good, to begin with.
With just over 1,000 units made, the EV1 was the very first electric car made by a major manufacturer. The exterior design is reminiscent of a UFO, with its straight lines and all.
Once you enter you will think you have just entered an airplane cockpit rather than a car and the main reason is that overly complicated main interface.
2 ChangLi EV Mini Pickup
With a top speed of 28 mph and an estimated range of 30 miles, the ChangLi EV mini pickup is a car designed for simple uses such as transporting workers and cargo.
ChangLi is known for its affordable vehicles, but when it comes to cheap interior design, this one takes the cake. Look at how outdated and bad the interior looks. Ouch!
1 2007 Smart ForTwo Electric
We close this list with the first smart electric iteration that didn’t go to plan. It was supposed to be rented or leased, but the concept just didn’t catch on.
The interior looks ok as the color combination of black silver and green looks pretty good but as far as the design goes well let’s just say things could be much more pleasing to the eye.