The market of electric vehicles has a new player from Hungary represented by a number of auto enthusiasts who teamed up with Hungarian firm Antro. The team is currently working on a vehicle that could split into two separate cars.
The hybrid concept car is called Antro Solo and it weights only 595 pounds ($270kg). Using its solar panels mounted on the roof, the three-seater vehicle will be able to run about 20 kilometers on solar power alone.
The car is powered by two sources – it has small electric motors mounted behind each wheel and a combustion engine that can run on gasoline or ethanol. The Solo can also run on pedal power – inside the pedals are connected to an electric generator. The interior is made of wood and leather.
One of the most interesting features of Antro Solo is that it would be possible to hook two cars and get a six passenger vehicle – the Antro Duos. At the same time it would be possible to part the car and make two separate vehicles. This option seems rather practical but still designers look forward to test the whole mechanism in real life.
With the body of fiber carbon composite, the hybrid Antro Solo boasts a sleek design with nice pivoting doors and the driver’s seat in located in the center. Currently the team invested about 1.5 euros in the R&D stage of the project. The mass production is expected to start by 2012 and the price is expected to be around $18,000.