Posts Tagged ‘green’

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]

X-Frame – Electric Vehicle That Easily Folds for Storage

September 2nd, 2010

This rather odd vehicle has been recently unveiled at the Good Design Expo 2010.

The prototype, dubbed X-Frame, is a revolutionary folding vehicle that can push the boundaries of urban mobility to a new extent.

It commercially launched, the vehicle may as well replace the motorcycle.

It is worth mentioning that the X-Frame was developed by engineers from the Nagoya Institute of Technology. » Read more: X-Frame – Electric Vehicle That Easily Folds for Storage

Biofuel-Powered Vehicle to Help Researchers Explore Antarctica

September 1st, 2010

Recently the Moon-Regan Transantarctic Expedition team announced its plan to travel 3,600 miles across Antarctica.

The journey is expected to start this winter and the main helpers of the team are several ice-riders that run on biofuel.

These vehicles will help the 11 members of the team complete its 40-days journey in the tough conditions.

It would be interesting to note that the Moon-Regan Transantarctic Expedition was initiated with the goal of studying the impact of global climate change on the icy continent. » Read more: Biofuel-Powered Vehicle to Help Researchers Explore Antarctica

Renault-Nissan and Bajaj Auto to Launch Eco-Friendly $3,000 Vehicle

July 13th, 2010

Having the goal of creating a cost-friendly energy-efficient vehicle, the Renault-Nissan Alliance teamed up with India’s Bajaj Auto and managed to come up with a car called ULC.

The new, compact, eco-friendly vehicle costs just $3,000 and it is able to reach an inspiring 70mpg.

It is worth mentioning that Bajaj Auto is the second-largest bike producer in India and the Renault-Nissan Alliance has been cooperating with the Indian company for about 2 years. » Read more: Renault-Nissan and Bajaj Auto to Launch Eco-Friendly $3,000 Vehicle

Biway – All-Electric Transportation System that Mixes Bus and Train

June 10th, 2010

In a world where air pollution is one of the main issues, designers and engineers are continuously looking for alternatives that could make our planet greener.

Aleshina Ekaterina and Kamyshev Vitaly are two industrial designers that came up with an idea for an eco-friendly transportation system that represents a fusion of bus and train transport.

They called their creation Biway. The envisioned system includes all-electric busses that can travel on city streets, being powered by small onboard batteries. » Read more: Biway – All-Electric Transportation System that Mixes Bus and Train

TRIAC – Three-Wheeled Electric Car

February 18th, 2010

Green Vehicles, a company that makes eco-friendly cars, recently presented its latest creation that aims at addressing the issue of the high prices for electric vehicles.

The company’s new three-wheeled car is called TRIAC and its price is $24,995. The most interesting thing about it is that because it has only one rear wheel, the car is lighter, less expensive and can be registered as a motorcycle too. However, those who look forward to drive the TRIAC will still have to have a regular Class C driver’s license. » Read more: TRIAC – Three-Wheeled Electric Car

Volage from Venturi – Electric Supercar Showcased at NAIAS 2010

January 29th, 2010

venturi-volage-electric-sports-carFirst of all it would be worth mentioning that Venturi is the company that created the world’s first electric sports car, known as Fetish. Recently the company has presented its new electric vehicle concept called Volage.

The new green vehicle was presented at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2010. The NAIAS is an auto show that takes place every year in Detroit, Michigan at Cobo Center.

The Venturi Volage is a sports car powered by electric batteries. The zero-emissions vehicle features eight in-wheel motors (each wheel includes two electric motors – one for propulsion and the other one for suspension). » Read more: Volage from Venturi – Electric Supercar Showcased at NAIAS 2010

Mo-Du-Lo – Electrical Vehicle for a Whole Neighborhood

January 20th, 2010

mo-du-lo-electric-vehicle-duThis unusual concept was designed by a French designer Thierry Dumaine. The modular car was developed exclusively for the Michelin Challenge Design 2010 and its main goal is to provide a comfy and eco-friendly mean of transport for a person, couple or neighborhood.

The concept features three different types of vehicles. The first one is a pedal-powered monocycle designed for one person and is called Mo. The second one, dubbed Du, represents a four-wheel vehicle that has two monocycles and Lo is the third car that can combine several cars to create a train for the entire neighborhood. » Read more: Mo-Du-Lo – Electrical Vehicle for a Whole Neighborhood

Futuristic Audi Concept Running on Bio-diesel

December 25th, 2009

concept-car-for-audi-bio-dieselThis revolutionary Audi concept was designed by Malgorzata Hop, who thought about creating a vehicle that would use a completely new eco-friendly technology.

This car includes two comfortable wheels. Having a low ground clearance and being rather wide, the vehicle resembles a motorcycle. » Read more: Futuristic Audi Concept Running on Bio-diesel

Eco-friendly Bionic Vehicle Designed for 2030

November 23rd, 2009

bionic-vehicle-conceptFrom the very beginning it would be interesting to note that one of the most impressive aspects of this eco-friendly vehicle is its ability to change its shape based on specific situations.
This feature of the Bionic concept vehicle is possible thanks to EAP-electro-active polymer layers, one of the latest inventions in car-making industry.

The two-seat green car, designed by Vlad Icobet, produces zero emissions due to the in-wheel motor technology applied. In addition, it includes a polycarbon roof with mounted solar photovoltaic cells. » Read more: Eco-friendly Bionic Vehicle Designed for 2030