Gallery: TRANSPORTATION TUES: The SAM Recyclable Electric Vehicle

SAM Electric Vehicle by Cree

This sprightly three-wheeled vehicle packs some great sustainable features into a pint-sized package. Created by the Swiss company Cree, the award-winning SAM car seats two in an agile body that is 90% recyclable, has a maximum speed of 85 kilometers per hour, and touts an emission-free 15 kilowatt electric motor that charges fully in just 6 hours. The design was recently re-tooled by Impact Automotive Technologies in preparation for a limited release of 500 cars in September, with 5000 units targeted for 2009.

Cree‘s goal in designing the SAM was “to create an outstanding product in terms of price, driving pleasure, safety, and recyclability, in addition to low investment, production, and operating costs”. The car’s highly efficient engine consumes about 5kwh per 100km, and it converts kinetic energy from breaking, rolling to a stop, and driving downhill into electrical energy. A prototype has been freeway approved and is currently undergoing testing in Zurich and Basel in a limited circulation of 80 vehicles, but production will be ramping up later this year with a projected price point of 6,600 Euros.

+ Cree

+ Impact Automotive Technologies

Via and AutoblogGreen


or your inhabitat account below


  1. MvTCracker August 7, 2008 at 4:19 am

    I would really love to have one I hafto agree we need them in canada

  2. ac1dfl3sh August 6, 2008 at 9:28 am

    When can I get one in Canada?? :)

  3. marwooj August 6, 2008 at 3:45 am

    Something really cool almost from Poland :-)

  4. elepski August 5, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    I\’ll take one.. put some Mooneyes spun covers on those gnarly front wheels and it’s golden

get the free Inhabitat newsletter

Submit this form
popular today
all time
most commented
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
Federated Media Publishing - Home