Posts Tagged ‘Concept’

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]

SKhy Bus – Driverless Hydrogen-powered Bus that Can Also Filter Wastewater

April 8th, 2011

Dubbed SKhy Bus, this vehicle represents a fusion of nature and technology. If built, this eco-friendly bus will be able to considerably cut the pollution level of the environment through its numerous green features.

Designed by Alain Monteiro, the bus is able to process wastewater to create hydrogen that powers the vehicle. It would be interesting to note that wastewater will be 300 percent more effective in producing hydrogen than normal water.

In addition, the SKhy Bus get additional power from solar cells mounted on top of the vehicle and brakes.

The concept also makes use of large air intakes that capture carbon dioxide from the air and filter it, while using the extracted CO2 as a cooling system and fire extinguisher.

The components that SKhy Bus is made of, including seats and aluminum structure, are fully recyclable. According to the designer, the bus can have from 72 to 128 seats, with the number of seats depending on the city in which the bus will run.

One more interesting feature of the vehicle is its windows that can sense heat radiation of the sun and depending on the situation get darker of lighter. Finally the bus will run without driver, being controlled with the help of GPS and sensors.


[via Designboom]

Hyundai Blue2 – Green Vehicle with Lots of Innovative Features

April 6th, 2011

The new model from Hyundai, entitled Hyundai Blue2, represents the next-generation of luxury vehicles.

It also features a ground-breaking hydrogen-powered fuel cell tank that powers the all-electric drive. Thus Hyundai Blue2 provides an emission-free ride.

Equipped with an innovative hydrogen fuel cell technology, the vehicle, according to the company, can register 120 horsepower and a fuel economy of around 82 mpg (of hydrogen).

The efficiency of the car is also improved by its streamlined body with some futuristic aspects and special alloy wheels with low resistant tires.

On the exterior the Blue2 has LED screen panels that surely make the vehicle more visually appealing.

Another technological advance is a special system able to recognize the driver. As soon as the owner of the vehicle is recognized the car automatically opens the doors. In addition, the side mirrors are replaced by cameras.

Inside the driver will be able to benefit from a state-of-the-art air-ionizing system that is able to filter the circulating air through the vehicle’s interior cabin.


[via Motor Authority]

Naimo – Electric Crossover Utility Vehicle from KIA

April 4th, 2011

One of the vehicles presented at this year’s Seoul Motor Show is called Naimo and it’s an electric car developed by the popular Korean carmaker Kia Motors.

The name of this electric vehicle comes from the Korean word “Ne-mo” which is literally translated as “square shape.”

Kia Naimo is touted to be a crossover utility vehicle (CUV). It boasts some eye-catchy features, including wraparound windscreen, asymmetric sunroof, and LED headlights.

Inside you will able to find a mix of traditional and futuristic elements, such as Korean oak, which was used to make the door panels and the floor; and paper that engineers used for head lining.

In addition, you will discover an advanced transparent organic light emitting diode (TOLED) display on the car’s front panel along with and full device connectivity.

Naimo is powered by an electric motor and features twin 27kwh LiPoly batteries. The company claims that its new electric vehicle will be able to travel around 200km on a full charge.

In order to recharge the vehicle, you simple have to plug it using a 3.3kw outlet.


[via Akihabara News]

MiraQua – Ultra-compact, Emissions-free Vehicle

March 31st, 2011

The nice-looking MiraQua is not only a very compact but also represents a zero-emission vehicle.

One of the most interesting things about the concept is the door that is located at the front, allowing the driver to easily enter the car from the front.

The author of MiraQua is Chaoyi Li, a designer from China. The car has the goal of tackling the congestion issues that take place in China and Australia.

In the case the vehicle becomes popular in the two upper mentioned countries it has good chances of going worldwide.

It would be interesting to note that MiraQua has one in-wheel-motor. It also incorporates drive-by-wire-technologies.

Inside, however, there’s little space, with the interior measuring 1.9 x 0.6 meters.

Due to the fact that the whole front section of the vehicle opens up, drivers can put big packages, like bicycles for example, inside the vehicle without any problems.

[via Alternative Energy News]

Veritas RSIII Roadster Hybrid – The Quickest Hybrid Vehicle on the Planet

March 18th, 2011

A combination of eco-friendliness and high performance is what the beautiful Veritas RSIII Roadster Hybrid can boast with.

It would be interesting to note that the core of this green supercar is the BMW-sourced V10 engine that can generate 507-horsepower and allow the vehicle to register acceleration from 0 to 60mph in just 3.1 seconds.

This figure is even better than the all-petrol version of the same model. Inside the model developed by Vermot AG one will be able to find a lithium-ion battery pack.

The top speed of this white beast is 205mph. By using the electric engine alone, the car can register a range of 31 miles.

It is worth mentioning that the Veritas RSIII Roadster is also equipped with Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) that offers additional power to the li-ion battery by making use of regenerative braking technology.

According to the head of Vermot’s board, the company plans to launch a coupe version of its green vehicle. The presentation is expected to be this summer. In addition, by 2013 Vermot looks forward to launching an all-electric version.

[via Aolautos]

QUAD – Electric Off-road Vehicle Concept

March 9th, 2011

Designer Facundo Elias developed a four-wheel off-road eco-friendly vehicle and named it QUAD.

The recreational vehicle has a 48 volt electric motor.

The latter is powered by 4,750 ampere batteries.

The onboard batteries allow the vehicle to travel 3 hours before requiring a refill.

You will need to wait between six and eight hours for the QUAD to recharge (the time depends on the voltage).

More images of the concept vehicle can be found here.

Alcatraz – Compact and Aerodynamic Electric Car Equipped with Solar Panels

February 15th, 2011

This concept car was designed for the San Francisco Motors Competition. It combines improved aerodynamics and compactness.

However, the most important feature of Alcatraz is the use of solar panels mounted on its roof and hood.

The solar panels generate electricity that is used to extend the range of the car.

In addition, the vehicle features 6 batteries that allow the car to travel 80 miles on a single charge. » Read more: Alcatraz – Compact and Aerodynamic Electric Car Equipped with Solar Panels

Meet sandYou – Electric Vehicle that Can Sail

February 10th, 2011

The inspiration for this incredible concept called “sandYou” was the shape of a surfboard.

Designed to run on a leek electric motor incorporated in the main body of the vehicle, sandYou features 4 lifebuoy-like inflated wheels.

Inside the wheel there are fans that rotate when the wind blows. These fans play the role of wind turbines and produce clean energy that is used to charge the onboard batteries. » Read more: Meet sandYou – Electric Vehicle that Can Sail