Archive for April 14th, 2011

The Phoenix – World’s First Vehicle Made of Bamboo

April 14th, 2011

Dubbed “The Phoenix”, this eco-friendly vehicle is the world’s first car that is made of bamboo, which means that it is also biodegradable.

The Phoenix is the brainchild of designers Kenneth Cobonpue and Albrecht Birkner. It was built in just 10 days. The developers used bamboo, rattan, steel, and nylon.

The car is 153 inches long. It represents a great solution to one big problem linked with the waste produced by old cars that are no longer used.

Mr. Cobonpue mentioned that his project has the goal of showing the future of green cars by “using woven skins from organic fibers mate to composite materials and powered by green technology.”

The biodegradable skin that the vehicle is made of was designed to last the average amount of time that a person uses a car – in industrialized countries this period of time is equal to 5 years, while in other nation from 10 to 20 years.

In case the user wants to keep The Phoenix for a longer period of time, they can replace the skin, which is quite inexpensive. It is worth mentioning that the car’s frame can be easily adjusted for individual needs.

Currently the designers did not provide any data on the engine or motor of the vehicle.

[via Kenneth Cobonpue]

R3 – Three-wheel Electric Vehicle from T3 Motion

April 14th, 2011

T3 Motion is a California-based company that has recently announced it managed to build its electric prototype car called R3 (previously known as GT3).

A few details of the vehicle were unveiled in the summer of 2010 and today T3 Motion plans to patent its exclusive two-rear-wheel design.

Earlier there was information on some interesting features the car may have, including an iPad dock station from GPS navigation.

The car will be able to reach a top speed of 70mph and register a range of 80 to 100 miles on a single charge. Its electric motor is powered by lithium-polymer battery.

In case all of the announced features stay the same the car will have a price tag of somewhere between $35,000 and $42,000.

[via Earth Techling]