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Photosynthetic Concept Car is Powered Completely by Plants

Posted By Brit Liggett On June 7, 2010 @ 2:30 pm In Air quality,Green Transportation | 1 Comment

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Skirting the boundaries of blue-sky design, designers Michal Vlcek and Klavir [2] have dreamed up a futuristic eco car [2] that is propelled entirely by photosynthesis. The car’s dome-shaped interior is home to a mini-jungle of plants, and their energy powers the motor. Although we think it would be awesome for the world’s transportation [3] to be powered by teeny tiny forests, we’re not sure (and for that matter the designers aren’t either) how it is actually going to work.

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The auto world looks to concept cars for the bursts of inspiration that they provide. From the all-electric shape-shifting “Cell” [4] to the adorably urban “Bug” [5], we’ve covered our fair share of futuristic eco vehicles here on Inhabitat. Most of these “concepts” have technological [6] plans for their implementation, however if Michal Vlcek and Klavir have a feasible schematic for their totally plant-powered auto, they are keeping it under pretty tight wraps.

The designers note in their description that the car has a special kind of solar panel [7] which assists the plants in their photosynthesis process. The plant’s photosynthesis then somehow powers an electric motor. The super sexy design is completely made of plastic — we’re hoping it is recycled — and the control system is made up of a joystick instead of a wheel. All questions aside, we’d love zipping around the streets of the city — or rolling country hills — surrounded by a leafy green interior.

+ Klavir [2]

Via The Design Blog [8]


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/06/07/photosynthetic-concept-car-keeps-it-clean-with-plant-power/photosynthesis-car-4/

[2] Klavir: http://klavir.info/cars/photosynthesis-car/

[3] transportation: http://inhabitat.com/transportation/

[4] “Cell”: http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/13/the-cell-shape-shifting-electric-vehicle-of-the-future/

[5] “Bug”: http://inhabitat.com/2010/04/06/the-bug-urban-electric-concept-mini-car/

[6] technological: http://inhabitat.com/green-gadgets/

[7] solar panel: http://inhabitat.com/solar-power/

[8] The Design Blog: http://www.thedesignblog.org/entry/photosynthesis-car-generates-energy-from-natural-photosynthesis/

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