Design Project: 2020 Hyundai City Car Concept

 Design Project: 2020 Hyundai City Car Concept
2020 Hyundai City Car Concept / Copyright by Nicolas Stone

The car's body consists of transparent solar panels, which 'collect ambient light' and create electricity

Looking ahead 10 years into the future, Nicolas Stone, a recent graduate of the College for Creative Studies, has developed a city-car concept as part of his thesis. The project was sponsored by Hyundai and features a design based on advanced technologies from MIT.

The concept features some pretty far-out technology. Try to follow this:

The car's body consists of transparent solar panels, which "collect ambient light" and create electricity. Now, that current doesn't simply power an electric motor. The electricity is fed into a water tank to split the hydrogen from the oxygen. The hydrogen is stored and used to power the vehicle while the pure oxygen comes out the exhaust. The car essential functions like a plant does, with its own version of photosynthesis. Funky, isn't it?

This technology is the result of research conducted by MIT professor Daniel Nocera, who calls the method "artificial photosynthesis." The pure oxygen helps replenish the "city" air we breathe, or can be pumped back into the cabin (like they do in Las Vegas casinos) to give you the extra boost you need on your way to work. Or an actual high depending on the quantity of O2 we're talking about - how's that for air "conditioning".

The car was designed by Nicolas Stone, and sticking with the naturalist theme, the interior cabin comes with a design that mimics "leaves growing off a stem" and with the seating laid out asymmetrically. The cabin's principle is to keep things as "open and airy" as possible.

That's your future city car au naturelle. Hey, if this works out, in 2020 you can trade in your obsolete 10 year-old Chevy Volt for this oxygen-filled, happy-making machine. Sounds like fun.

Source: coroflot

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Sep 28, 2009 1:02 pm
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what happens at night time?
Mar 22, 2009 5:30 am
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I heard about this new technology at M.I.T..... i think this design is very new and fresh, it's about time a car designer actually designed somethin new and innovative instead of redesigned/tweaked versions of numerous existing cars. Good Job hope this car gets u attention :)
Mar 20, 2009 9:05 pm
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Although the technology isn't actually here ... YET. It's refreshing to see someone doing a bit of lateral automotive thinking ... outside the box.
Mar 20, 2009 12:16 pm
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that is really ugly
Mar 19, 2009 9:30 pm
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lol transparent solar panels, cause that will help capture light :P
Mar 19, 2009 7:50 pm
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Hmm, wanna bet that cars won't look like this in 2020?
Mar 19, 2009 7:05 pm
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