Posts Tagged ‘futuristic’

Electric Flake Concept Car

August 9th, 2011

Have you ever thought about a vehicle that could breathe like a living creature? Da Feng definitely thought about that and designed a car dubbed the Project Flake.

The exterior of the vehicle features flexible scales able to separate in order to control the airflow and cooling.

These scales can also play the role of small air brakes and offer downforce for the car. Today there are a few vehicles that harness a similar technology, one of them being the BMW GINA concept car.

The idea behind the Flake concept car is mainly a puppeteering system that makes use of nano-tube cables in combination with electromagnetic solenoids used to track, adjust, and increase the performance of the car.

One more interesting feature (in fact the one that made this vehicle appear in an eco-friendly cars blog) is that the scales can also track the sun, acting like solar panels, thus the vehicle is able to generate its batteries much faster.

[via Carbuzz]

The designer’s blog.

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]

Aerius – Solar-Powered Electric Supercar

January 21st, 2011

Engineers are continuously working on extending the range of electric vehicle. According to designer Pei-Cheng Hsieh of the Monash University, there’s a necessity to equip vehicle with solar panels.

He decided to design his own vehicle and called it Aerius. The concept electric car shows how the proposed technology works.

The vehicle was designed for the year 2025 and it shows the performance of race cars combined with the latest green energy producing technologies. » Read more: Aerius – Solar-Powered Electric Supercar

Japanese ZMP Unveils Robotic Electric Vehicle

January 17th, 2011

ZMP, a Japanese carmaker, said it will start producing a single-seater electric robotic vehicle, dubbed RoBoCar.

The eco-friendly vehicle is equipped with a series of sensors, including an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), speed sensor and laser range finders.

In addition, the RoBoCar features a newly developed autonomous system. The latter makes it possible for the onboard computer to move the car without the driver. » Read more: Japanese ZMP Unveils Robotic Electric Vehicle

Energo Racer – Futuristic Vehicle that Can Run on Different Power Sources

September 6th, 2010

When he designed the Energo Racer, Paul Hanna draw inspiration from nature, mainly from marine animals and the way they move their bodies to swim faster through the water.

The vehicle is 22 feel long and 8 feet wide.

One more interesting feature is that the car can be molded to be powered by different alternative fuels or power sources such as hydrogen, solar and electric power.

» Read more: Energo Racer – Futuristic Vehicle that Can Run on Different Power Sources

Bentley Jeckyll and Hyde – Concept Car that Harnesses Solar and Wind Energy

July 29th, 2010

This futuristic concept of an electric vehicle is wisely called the Bentley Jeckyll and Hyde.

It is obvious that this car is not like the other models from Bentley.

The concept was designed by Bora Kim, and if it is built, the Bentley Jeckyll and Hyde has good chances of revolutionizing the luxury car industry.

One of its interesting features is the ability to manipulate the surface for aerodynamics. » Read more: Bentley Jeckyll and Hyde – Concept Car that Harnesses Solar and Wind Energy

Renault DeZir – New All-Electric Supercar from the French Carmaker

July 7th, 2010

The famous French car-making company Renault has recently presented the design of its new eco-friendly supercar. The new green vehicle, called DeZir, embodies Renault’s new slogan “Drive the Change.”

The futuristic concept boasts an average range of 100 miles on a single charge. The driver can also making use of the company’s Quick Drop system.

It is worth mentioning that the system makes it possible for the driver to change the battery fast, without having to wait till the old battery recharges. » Read more: Renault DeZir – New All-Electric Supercar from the French Carmaker

The HXO – Eco-Friendly Car Powered by Solar Energy and Hydrogen

June 4th, 2010

Wang Yanchao and Zhang Zhizhen are the two designers who decided to create a futuristic eco-friendly vehicle that doesn’t require operating costs.

Dubbed the HXO, the car harnesses solar power on the move and makes use of it to part water (H2O) into hydrogen and oxygen.

Afterwards hydrogen is used to power the car.

Another interesting idea is the spherical wheels that provide additional storage, making the vehicle more compact. » Read more: The HXO – Eco-Friendly Car Powered by Solar Energy and Hydrogen

The All-Electric Unicab – the Futuristic Taxi for NYC

June 2nd, 2010

If you think that the yellow cabs in the New York City should be replaced with something more contemporary then you will probably like the design of this futuristic taxi, dubbed the Unicab.

It is worth mentioning that the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) for some time has been looking for a taxi that could be well called the cab of tomorrow.

So far it did not select the best concept, but it seems that the four-seater Unicab is one of the best candidates. » Read more: The All-Electric Unicab – the Futuristic Taxi for NYC

Audi A9 – Hybrid Car Able to Repair Itself Using Nanotech Material

May 18th, 2010

Daniel Garcia, a car designer from Spain, is the author of this nice, futuristic Audi A9 concept, which is a low-emission hybrid vehicle that features a nanotech material which allows the car to repair itself automatically.

The Audi A9 is expected to compete with a number of luxury cars available today on the market.

Both the roof and windscreen of the vehicle are made of a special nano material – when damaged the car repairs the scratches without any activity involved from the driver. » Read more: Audi A9 – Hybrid Car Able to Repair Itself Using Nanotech Material