Jorge Chapa

GREEN APPLE: An Eco Vehicle That Cleans the Air

by , 01/20/09

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Recently the Local Motors competition unveiled a fresh crop of incredible concept cars, and we were particularly impressed with the sleek NYC-centric Green Apple vehicle. A green machine that wouldn’t look too out of place in today’s world, the innovative three-seater features air intakes that spin integrated turbines to generate energy while purifying polluted inner-city air.

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There were a few things that we liked as soon as we saw the Green Apple concept vehicle by Julien Sarremejean. The first was that this was a rather beautiful shape for a vehicle – one which wouldn’t look out of place for a car of the future. The second was that having an accessible battery pack seems like a no brainer to us, and we wondered why we hadn’t seen such an idea before. It was the third though, that we really loved. Julien’s concept of using air intakes to push wind through the vehicle and clean the air of New York City as it drives around struck us as a novel idea. To think that a car, which is such a source of pollution in this century, could be used to clean the air was something simply wonderful – If only it were to come true.

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5 Comments

  1. Corban January 21, 2009 at 9:59 am

    Wind turbines induce drag that reduces the car’s performance, which subsequently reduces MPG. Therefore it’s an irrelevant feature. However, purifying while driving would be nice. Toss a few of them into Beijing!

  2. Gary January 21, 2009 at 9:50 am

    Please get a grasp of basic physics. Those turbines would only be driven by air through which the car is propelled. It takes energy to move the car and the turbines cause drag on the car. It would require more additional energy to move the car due to the turbines’ drag than could be produced by the turbines. You have lent credence to a foolish and amateurish styling exercise. Too many people think that three will be a product they can buy that will fix our environmental problems so are not changing their habits in the naive expectation that technology will save us. Don’t you have some handbags to sell us?

  3. misslucy January 21, 2009 at 9:42 am

    I love this idea. So innovative. What a way to turn the tables on how we think and operate. When the general public are hungry enough for products like this, then we will see all types of innovative ways of being conscious stewards of the earth and each other. Kudos for giving us the idea.

  4. linuxiux January 21, 2009 at 6:38 am

    It looks nice, great idean of air cleaning, but one thing…. “spin integrated turbines to generate energy” is nosense. It’s not going to catch a wind like wind turbines, and to use air movement that you get from the car movement… is not generating any energy it’s just using your power source very uneficiently.

  5. greenbrad January 20, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Not a bad thought, but this is 40-50 years away at best with our current state. Unless the government builds cars and eliminates free industry.

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