While conventional cars are emphasizing on fuel economy and 'green' ways to travel, a new line of thought attempts to take 'fuel' in the conventional sense totally out of the picture. By making use of clean forms of energy derived from fuel cells and from electricity, a host of new generation vehicles are about to hit the roads. While some of them are already in the prototype stage, some others are only concepts.
1. EDAG Light Car Sharing Concept
This is a green way to travel, pay rent, advertise and do marketing! The EDAG, to be unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show, is an electric car which can be rented in an effective sharing system where the customers have to pay only for the effective duration of their trips. With a maximum speed of 100 kmh and a maximum range of 100 km, the car displays its renting status and the current range. The panels on the six seater car can also be utilized for advertising messages. The durable frame and parts of the car have been built to last at least 10 years and sensors all over the car automate most of the processes.
2. Plus One Auto
Here is a boon for those single drivers who drive to work daily and for those who wish they had a car to go to work daily. The Plus One Auto car is designed to serve a community of people who have proven to be safe and effective drivers. Once tested and verified as safe, the members registered on the community can make use of their swipe card to enable the electric-powered Plus One vehicles from their docks. Use green and clean transportation on your own or on a sharing basis and return the car to the dock after use. The credit card is charged automatically.
Sobi is short for Social Biking. The bicycle fleet has been implanted with GPS that ensures good tracking and prevention of thefts. The Sobi server keeps all the data, information and records about which bike has been rented out by whom. The GPS has been placed in a box that doubles as a carriage with LED lights. Dedicated kiosks along the way help the users to register and log in to the system. Thus, one can ride around in the greenest manner possible.
4. Hornet superbike
Bridging the divide between the promise of hover-cars and current motorbikes, the 'Hornet' is a single-wheeled bike that won the prestigious VACC competition. The bike runs on hydrogen fuel-cells and thus has only water as the exhaust. Its powerful, six phase, 74 HP Neodymium-Iron (Nd-Fe) electric motors speed it up to 235 kmh! A series of computers ensure the bike a turning radius of 0 meters and stance correction based on momentum. Two side wheels help it balance gyroscopically and also come into force while parking.
This Segway-shaped, three wheeler is powered electrically. Making use of a third wheel in the front ensures that the cost comes down dramatically since there is no need for the gyroscopic apparatus that the Segway uses. A 350W motor powers the front wheel giving the GoPet a top speed of about 16 mph. The range will be about 25 miles and the recharging time would be about 4-6 hours. An ideal and clean way to navigate short distances, the GoPet will be available from $1200.
6. Box Share Car concept
The box car is a car-share system in London that offers high quality, sophisticated machines that have an absolute zero carbon footprint. It is meant for four passengers and has all the comforts and amenities of a modern car. It runs electronically and the makers claim that it can be automatically controlled through a smartphone. Many recycled objects compose parts of this vehicle. It will be up for exhibit in the London Transit Museum and the designers hope that this simple looking car will inspire people to go green.
7. Vienna Bike
Presenting a trike that works as a bike! New-fangled steering, a superb suspension system and and electric drive make this trike a real pleasure to use. It can be snapped and folded neatly which helps in its transportation and storage. A rear loading platform can carry the luggage (of about 40 kilograms) and the bike can do a top speed of 22 kmh. With a range of 60 km and a short 3 hours charging time, the Vienna bike is an eco-friendly option for all city dwellers.