V-Tent is an eco-friendly parking system designed by Hakan Gürsu that protects and charges vehicles. It is a collapsible canopy that can be used in both personal and public parking areas. Aiming to create a sustainable system for urban environment, V-Tent provides a safe space to store and charge electric cars, either at home or in the city. Functioning as a canopy that prevents weather damage, the design physically protects vehicles from environmental conditions.
In its public use, V-Tent is designed as a space-saving parking space that runs for a fee. With a simple interface, users can select the amount of time and pay by card. Being informed with an estimated charging time, drivers can access the system interface remotely via smartphone applications. A band light on the V-Tent indicates availability and charge percentage with color and length. Designed with a flexible solar panel, the V-Tent’s collapsible structure enables it to appear only when it is in use, preventing visual complexity.
The material used for the V-Tent canopy is a laminated multi-layered textile that holds flexible solar panels. The inner layer is covered with reflective material, and middle layer has a pattern with micro ventilation tubes in order to prevent the material from getting to hot. In addition to charging cars, energy that is generated from the V-Tent can be used in urban applications such as lighting.
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