By the rate at which transportation is going green, soon cars powered by solar, wind or other forms of renewable energy will be a common thing on roads around the world. The biggest benefits of such vehicles would be that one would not have to visit the refueling stations and it would also cut down on the emission of greenhouse gases that the gas guzzling vehicles of today are well known for. Here is a list of 10 such concept vehicles which would be powered by self-generated energy.
1. The Peugeot Shoo concept:
The Peugeot Shoo is a concept vehicle of triangular shape, fitted with solar panels on the roof. The solar panels transform solar energy into electricity that runs the engine. The design of the car is inspired by a boat and thus it has greater aerodynamic design features compared many other concept vehicles.
2. The Koenigsegg Quant:
Swedish automaker Koenigsegg recently unveiled their Quant concept at the Geneva Motor Show. The car utilizes the most unlikely combination of energy sources – solar and pyrite. The car is said to have a range of 300 miles and takes only 20 minutes to fully recharge
3. Mercedes Benz Formula Zero:
Mercedes Benz entered the Design Los Angeles Challenge in 2008 with their solar powered concept car, the Formula Zero. The car had electric motor fitted on each of its four wheels. The car was powered by a battery that got its power from the aero-efficient solar layer fitted above the car.
4. Antro Solo concept:
The Antro Solo concept was designed by a team of Hungarian engineers. This particular concept is powered by a combination of solar and gas electric energy. The roof of the car is fitted with solar panels that can power the car on short distance trips of 15-25 Km. On longer distances, the Antro Solo is powered by a small gas electric engine. The car can even be run by the foot pedaling of the three passengers sitting inside the car.
5. The Aiolos wind powered car concept:
The Aiolos concept has been conceived by South Korean designer Kyoung Soo Naa. The car resembles a yo-yo in shape. The car is fitted with a large fan that constantly produces electricity from wind to charge the electric motor of the vehicle. According to the designer, the car has the potential to reduce pollution in Seoul in the days to come....