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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The Solar Winged Helios Vehicle

Posted By Jorge Chapa On November 11, 2008 @ 5:00 am In Green Transportation,TransportationTuesday | 7 Comments

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Kim Gu-Han’s Helios concept car [2] is unusual to say the least. Resembling some sort of frill necked lizard [3], the electric [4] off-road vehicle has the unique ability to spread its solar panel wings to soak up the sun’s energy. While in motion, the Helios is a sleek electric vehicle that is powered by solar energy [5], and when at rest it deploys a rather cool-looking fan that can absorb and store energy to power your house. Now that’s what we call inspired by nature!


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We’ve seen some interesting concept vehicles [6] here at Inhabitat, but we have never fathomed one modeled after a lizard. The Helios was inspired by reptiles that spread out their skin to control their temperature. The vehicle’s expandable solar fan allows it to absorb solar energy over a large surface area while at rest. The innovative concept vehicle was recently honored with the Best Use of Technology award in the 2008 Interior Motives Design Awards [7].

+ Interior Motives Design Awards [7]

Via Car Body Design [2]


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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/11/11/helios-vehicle-by-kim-gu-han/

[2] Helios concept car: http://www.carbodydesign.com/archive/2008/11/03-helios-concept/

[3] frill necked lizard: http://goaustralia.about.com/od/sydneysightseeing/ig/Sydney-Wildlife-World/Frilled-Neck-Lizard.htm

[4] electric: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/11/04/xof1-solar-powered-vehicle-breaks-world-record/

[5] solar energy: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/06/24/transportation-tuesday-antro-solo-gets-150mpg/

[6] concept vehicles: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/07/22/rca-unveils-sleek-sustainable-concept-cars/

[7] Interior Motives Design Awards: http://www.interiormotivesawards.com/

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