With rising fuel prices and increasing pollution level, engineers and scientists are working closely to design vehicles that can meet our needs while catering to environmental conservation. Researchers are beginning to focus more on how trucks can be created in such a way that they use less fuel or no fuel at all and emit very low or nil pollutants, all without compromising on safety, looks and performance. Aren’t we all curious of what a cross between a designer’s imagination and the real world truck will look like in the near future? To know what future truck may look like on road, here we're presenting 10 concept trucks that are innovative, economical and futuristic.
1. Scania truck concept
Much of what we know about HGVs is that they are noisy gas guzzlers and intimidating. But the Scania Truck concept which designer Adam Palethrope has come up with is going to change all misconceptions. The concept has better looks and includes a clean and ergonomic interior for the driver. It is designed to be economical and eco friendly by using a diesel-electric hybrid engine. However, the design which steals the show is the truck's wheel hub which sports color coded LEDs that will flash red repeatedly when the truck is speeding or breaking the speed limit. It will only stop blinking when the vehicle travels below or at the legal speed limit. The lights also have the capability to show how long the truck has been on the road.
2. Mitsubishi Fuso Canter Eco-D concept dump truck
It’s not everyday that you hear about a sports car manufacturer coming up with a dump truck concept. But such an idea will be a blessing for everyone as the Mitsubishi dump truck is a far cry from our imagination. Futuristic and sleek, the truck delivers extremely low emissions since the engine is a diesel and electric hybrid. As for safety, a large increase in glass area over previous cabins enhances the driver's view while the roof above the driver and the passengers' seats uses a material incorporating carbon graphite which is light but very stiff. The truck’s skirt-shaped covers include a battery cover with blue LEDs which make the truck more visible at night.
3. Freightliner big rig concept
Daimler Trucks North America has come up with its latest concept in commercial grade hauling. The big rig concept truck takes the fuel saving innovation, which was introduced on the Freightliner Cascadia, to the next level. The concept has no side mirrors as they have been replaced by cameras which will reduce drag. Once up to speed, the truck can lower its ride height by using air bladders which will further reduce fuel usage. For higher fuel efficiency, the company has fitted its BlueTec system on its diesel engine which injects a urea-based fluid into the exhaust to reduce nitrogen oxide emission. The manufacturers have also incorporated Park Smart VHAC technology which allows the truck’s climate control system to operate without the engine and instead rely on electricity from a second bank of batteries.
4. Super Tipper Truck concept
Most of us have encountered the concept of a tipper truck as toddlers and all through our lives the concept hasn’t changed much until now. A traditional tipper takes a lot of time for the operator to position the truck for unloading whereas the Super Tipper Truck can solve this problem as electric motors in all wheels can unload in four different ways. The concept has four independent suspension arms which will enable it to dive on the ground where other tippers normally can't.
5. Chameleon truck concept
A strange but innovative concept designed by Haishan Deng, the Chameleon is a truck with a segmented body which makes it possible to adjust its size to fit a container. The vehicle's body is made up of a soft yet sturdy tarpaulin shell which is strong enough to protect its cargo yet also able to absorb impact in case of accidents.
6. Toyota Privus truck concept
If you’re looking for a hybrid concept which will ooze functionality, then this is the truck for you. It has a solar-powered, portable 7-inch navigation screen that offers Wi-Fi while also providing both AC and DC so that the driver can power computers, appliances and tools. The truck features a 4-foot bed and a translucent roof panel which can slide open to allow tall cargo inside.
7. Volvo Beevan truck concept
Volvo's latest concept will put the driver’s seat in the center instead of the traditional left position. Named FVDP (Full view Driver Position), this will allow more than 180 degrees of undisturbed visibility while remote cameras eliminate blind spots. The advanced concept begins to show its wonders even before one enters the truck. The doors slide back instead of out into traffic. Hidden steps slide out to meet and greet the diver and retract when they are not in use. Opening the door causes the driver’s seat to rotate towards the driver and move rearward for easy access. Inside the truck, sleeper berths, dinette tables and other components combine to give it an office feel while still retaining relaxation, personal storage and sleeping functions.
8. ECOS semi-truck concept
The ECOS semi-truck concept has an engine which has been downsized to 9-10 liters with an enhanced rating of 670+HP, an upgraded drive train and gear box. The development conceives low volume ECU to decrease software maintenance and engine application efforts. The truck's interior acoustics have been designed to comply with futuristic standards under transient conditions. The aerodynamic roof panel has solar cells which will provide the utility power needs of the driver.
9. Barkan design's counter balance mid-engined pickup truck
What makes this vehicle stand out from the others is that the engine is situated under the rear passengers' seat, leaving more space at the front. Passengers also need not worry about sitting atop a burbling V-8 powertrain as the designer claims that the vibration, noise and heat have advanced insulation. The truck has many innovative features which includes a 5-foot bed which can be expanded to 7+ feet by lowering the truck’s tailgate and a fold down ramp that extends from the tailgate to make loading cargo easier.
10. OEX overland truck concept
For starters, this truck concept uses solar energy which is a huge bonus, while giving the driver a visually exciting expedition without compromising on emissions. The Overland Truck is powered by a series of hybrid systems that feature electric motors helped by a diesel generator. As the truck features flexible solar panels, it can be unfurled to recharge the batteries while on the move. The truck has an extendable balcony with built-in binoculars which will allow passengers to view 360 degrees without any obstruction.