Mercedes-Benz has been toying with alternative-energy prototype vehicles for awhile now, the obviously conceptual F-CELL Roadster hearkens back to M-B vehicles of old, though the engine is far from retro.
Controlled with drive-by-wire technology and utilizing a joystick rather than a conventional steering wheel, this whip is (theoretically, at least) powered by a 1.2kW emission-free fuel cell system located at the rear. We’re told that it could reach an enviable top speed of 15.5mph, and the 217 mile operating range definitely has us salivating. Frankly, this one’s all about the design, and we can’t implore you enough to give the read link a visit for lots more high-res action.
e’mo is a lightweight electric vehicle for town and local traffic, of a completely new design. Its name stands equally for electric motion and for efficient mobility. Its very low ready-for-the-road weight of only 325 kg, e’mo is very energy-efficient and thus extremely inexpensive to run. With the top folded down in summer it’s a pure joy to drive, but with the fabric top up there’s no problem even on the wettest days. Whether on the way to work, doing the shopping or for a short trip to the countryside, e’mo has room enough for most everyday needs. The cheeky little e’mo is very practical, and gives a novel feeling of carefree mobility.
Be sure to pick a colour you like, because you could be living in it for a while.
Like, because, you’ll be dead and it’s your coffin! I want somebody beside me when I do it! I want to bounce around, then continue down the hill upside down…
A team called Smart Cities have designed a two-seat electric vehicle which they call the “City Car” that can be “stacked” in convenient locations (say, just outside a subway stop), and then taken on short trips around urban areas. This technology is patented-pending and under design development at the MIT Media Lab.
The GO was designed from the frame out to be a one-of-a-kind mobile adventure trailer. Weighing in at 700 pounds, the GO Miniature Trailer can be pulled by small cars. It also includes stargazing windows, excellent ventilation and the beds even convert to a table for when the weather or bugs made eating outside unpleasant. The tent itself packs down and stows inside the trailer’s roof/storage box allowing it to be used for hauling other gear when you’re not sleeping in it.
One the world’s hottest luxury cars just got a nice top speed surgery. The Bentley Continental GT Speed will be the most powerful car ever produced by the English manufacturer, boasting a 600hp twin-turbo W12 engine. With a 0-60 mph time of 4.3 second and a top speed of 202 mph, you’ll travel from your yacht to your castle in no time. Classy.
The eXplorius Sailing Yacht is an and innovative transportation concept which was awarded with the 1st prize of the Pininfarina Design Award.
This transportation concept introduces the Hydrofoil technology into the sailing yacht world and shows an innovative approach to a traditional transportation field.At wind speeds over 10kn. the hull of the eXplorius-Yacht gets lifted out of the water and reduces the displacement and friction of the boat enormously. Thus it enables open ocean travels above the waves at the high speed of up to 30kn and provides space for 2-10 “maritime jet setters”.
The Ford Airstream Concept, unveiled on January 7th, is a crossover vehicle that borrows its styling cues from streamlined, aluminum shells of the classic Airstream trailers. It is inspired by the iconic aluminum-skinned trailers of Airstream, a company that has become a symbol of travel on U.S. highways and byways.
The system, called HySeries Driv, is powered by a 336-volt lithium-ion battery pack at all times and has a range of 25 miles on a full electric power. Once the battery pack is depleted by about 40 percent, the hydrogen-powered fuel cell begins generating electricity to recharge the batteries, increasing range another 280 miles, for a total driving range of more than 300 miles.
This recyclable two-seater wood roadster from Mercedes-Benz is the first entry for the 2006 LA Design Challenge. The competition challenges car manufacturers to design an environmental friendly car. This beautiful design is made entirely of wood, alloys and metals which are completely recyclable. I’m glad to see that the auto industry is finally interested in producing stylish eco-friendly cars. Let’s hope that the visions of today will become a reality tomorrow.
Created by the Swiss artists Sabina Lang and Daniel Baumann, the hotel Everland has just one room on the roof of the gallery for contemporary art in Leipzig, a luxurious bathroom, a king-size bed and a lounge. The bounteous dimensioned room represents the subjective dream of a hotel: the architecture, the playful details, as well as the request to steal the golden embroidered bath towels. From June 2006 until August 5, 2007 you can take a peek at Hotel Everland during the opening times.
The LC is a funny recreation of Suzuki’s first cars, which had space for only two people. All the details have been mulled over to give this car a vintage look.This cute little beast is powered by a 660cc, 3 cylinder, DOHC engine, paired to a 4-speed automatic transmission. Too kawaii!
I’ve always been a big fan of muscle cars and when I saw the 2006 Dodge Challenger concept car, my eyes literally popped out of my head. This beast is based on the iconic 1970 model, a car with mega horsepower and pure lines. Rethought, reworked, reproportioned and redesigned, the Challenger concept car offers a HEMI-powered performance coupe derived from one of the most sought after classic American muscle car. I’m sure this car would give General Lee a run for its money!
The GMC Pad is the winner of the prestigious 2006 Design Los Angeles Vehicle Design Challenge. The concept behind this “LAV” (living activity vehicle) is that of an urban loft with mobility.
Featuring a diesel-electric hybrid system for propulsion, the engine
also serves as a generator for the onboard power grid. The media rich
environment is unlike any other, and comes with an endless variety of
entertainment, information and security options. If this awesome design becomes reality someday, it will be the ultimate surfing van.