Skeuomorphic designs aren't just for software, just ask your local electric car designer

Chevy Volt

Apple is often criticized for its skeuomorphic software designs that go to great lengths to mimic real world objects, but computer software isn't the only place where these design patterns are present. If you've seen an electric car, you may have noticed (or not) that the front of the vehicle generally has a familiar looking grille, even though an electric engine means that there is no need for the vehicle to suck in air (the purpose of having a grille on the front of a car with an internal combustion engine). These fake grilles can be seen on electric cars from BMW, Chevrolet, Honda, Infiniti, and others, so it's not a plague specific to one manufacturer. Jalopnik takes a look at why companies might do this (hint: it's branding), and posits the question of when will we see the traditional grille disappear. Head to source link to read more about these fake grilles, which could very well be on your next (or first) electric car.

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