10 breathtaking Space-Age vehicles roaring towards a green future!
Tighten your seatbelt and put on your gear as we take you on a awesome journey in to what would be the future of transportation with ‘Green Cars’ that are right out of flicks like Matrix or i-Robot. There are some which show the green creativity of young, modern designers while the others just show how the big boys can play when given a free hand with work. These cars do not just go on land; they fly in the air, go for a dive under the ocean and even make you wonder if they indeed are cars!! This ride just gets better with every step, so hang on to your seats and let the future come alive in front of your eyes…
1. Honda’s future akin to the Matrix!
This is the project design that Honda says would be on the street by the end of next five decades. (I might, just might live to see this on the streets) The car is being said to be powered by Solar Hybrid technology & is a vehicle that is four in one. It can launch 4 different modes of vehicles I suppose. Like the Mini-Bike in the batman car maybe! Honda plan to attain this goal by integrating Nanotechnology, Artificial Intelligence, Gyros & molecular engineering. You know all this sounds so mind-boggling in theory itself. Hollywood would look so dull and pale when this indeed does hit the road! Awesomeness!!
2. Flying Saucer-Cars Anyone?
The design comes from the CleanEra Project and is aimed at making future air travel green. The final goal however is to reduce the carbon emission by 50%. This is like you future car put in the air and if the company designing this comes out clean then you can pretty much bet that it will put every other car out of business and will have people fighting for air space!
3. Ford Nucleon: Nuclear Powered Ford!
The actual concept of the car dates back to as early as 1950’s and it is no real wonder that this still has not taken to road. Cold fusion and even controlled fission are way out of reach of being car fuel. But who know when this might actually work, if indeed ever! Moreover how green is it? You decide.
4. Rinspeed’s sQuba: Driving and diving with zero-emissions
Rinspeed, a Swiss based company is turning to the water for its latest concept; although this time they will be heading below the surface instead of skimming above it. Set to debut at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show, the ‘sQuba’ concept is the world’s first diving car with zero emission power, according to the company, and can be submerged up to 10 meters or 33 feet below the surface. Now you can take a drive right in to the Great Barrier Reef!!
5. GM Globetrotter: Design of a young genius!
Harsha Ravi (21), who is on a holiday, that his ‘Globetrotter’ was selected out of 17 entries, in view of its “functionality, environmental sustainability, visual and emotional appeal and safety aspects.” The design speaks of a concept car for the future that can do almost everything that you would want it to in a green fashion! The design, style and simplicity of it all make you wonder if it is not possible any sooner than 2017 and beyond!
6. NUS Urban Concept Car: All style
Intending to reduce the environmental stress of fuel emissions as well as consumptions, it is jointly developed by the NUS Department of Mechanical Engineering and Design Incubation Centre. Feeding on Gas-to-Liquid fuel, this light weighted car is developed with a low rolling resistance allowing it to freewheel without consuming any fuel upon reaching a certain speed. My personal favorite on the list for simply awesome style and great looks. Nike of the car world!!
7. M-Please-V: Explore off-road and maybe off-planet!
Again a vehicle that is awesome on style and substance, this was a green entrant at the Peugeot Design Contest 2007, the M-Please-V is a Multi-Purpose-lightweight-economic-and-simplistic-electric-Vehicle created by designer Sofian Tallal that seeks to redefine transportation and comfortable seating. The simplistic vehicle is designed to expose passengers to their environment and reduce technological distraction via an obvious lack of excessive electronics and accessories.
8. Coquille: Two-Wheeled Green Car!
The fact that it is the only futuristic green car that runs on two wheels earns this a direct spot on the list, if nothing else does. Running on two big wheels that seem to house the car structure in between them, the Coquille too fits the category of compact, zero emission and high mobility vehicles. Conceptualized by Emiliano Polsonetti, it manages to balance on the two wheels by a computerized system relying on gyroscopes. Also you can hop in and out of the two wheeled car from the front. Simply rolling ahead!
9. VW Viseo: Classy green concept… all class!
The electric car prototype is a unique design developed by Marc Kirsch for his diploma project in collaboration with Volkswagen design in Wolfsburg, Germany. Powered by an electric engine the design of this three seated car is highly influenced by internationally renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Some Spanish flavor and elegant class make it a must on this amazing list. Well done Volks!
10. Zero-Impact Urban Mobility vehicle
Here is a concept that intends to be idealistic, defying the bounds of reality and convention. Designed Natalie Bonebrake, the concept provides for clean and possible urban transport for the future. This rounds of our list simple because this looks the most likely of all the concepts to hit the road and will hopefully do very soon!
That winds up our awesome top 10 and hopefully you had a marvelous journey along with us and also loved the little preview of the awesome future that waits for us in the next couple of decades. Let us see which one of these and which other concept cars make it to the road in the future and hopefully all of them will lead us towards a green future with zero-emissions and carbon neutral transportation. For future trends and more new concepts check Ecofriend regularly as we try bringing you only the best possible green gadgets and till then… Adios