Emily Pilloton

VENTURI ECLECTIC: World's First Energy-Autonomous Vehicle

by , 01/15/07

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The insanely-innovative and carbon-neutral French automotive company Venturi has recently announced the production of Eclectic, a solar, wind, and electric-powered vehicle that will make your Prius look like a gas-guzzling Hummer. The zippy little compact auto relies on a combination of solar panels, wind turbines, and electric recharging, making it THE low-consumption, no-emission vehicle on the road.


Venturi Eclectic 2

Eclectic produces energy from sources that already surround us, combining 2.5 square meters of photovoltaic cells, one or more wind turbines, and NiMH (NIV-7) batteries. Intended for driving in urban areas, it offers a range up to 50 km at a speed of 50 km/h (electronically restricted), while continually producing and storing energy, even when not in use. Eclectic can also be customized with a variety of additional features like a WiFi kit and water-resistant Sony Radio/CD/MP3. Check out all the technical specifications here.

The company defends Eclectic’s glorified golf cart aesthetic, asserting that function dictates the “decidedly original design,” priority being given to the integration of photovoltaic cells and wind turbines. The company declares, “This is not an ordinary car, but an avant-garde way of getting around.” We applaud Venturi for their bold efforts towards providing a new model of transportation in which we as drivers are no longer energy consumers, but producers.

A limited edition of 200 Eclectics will be available beginning June 2007, priced starting at 24,000€, with increased production in 2009.

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  1. ganeshrahulshiva February 8, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    it was a nice and best thought which u had presented i want to know that how much speed thus the car will go per hours

  2. kris0602 September 16, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    A very good concept. However, although with its 50 km/h, don\’t you think that more aerodynamics features would have enabled the car to gain much more in speed!

  3. Ryan March 4, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    I like the idea and the design but what happens if you get in a wreck, and does it even have doors?

  4. M. Masi January 30, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    So, a good effort, yes, but the design leaves something to be desired. How do you take it out when it’s raining, or worse, snowing? Not very practical! We all don’t live in CA or southern France. Try again.

  5. jewlz October 18, 2007 at 11:20 am

    I’ll take one. ENERGY GREEN is a wonderfull colour for me also. Of course there are seatbelts and r5oom for little doggies. In main stream America I’ll drive it on the sidewalk or snowmobile trail. . so yes YES gimmmme.

  6. Tom September 19, 2007 at 12:12 am

    Its like if Brum got a new make over for the 21st century!!!!!
    Its Awesome when can i get one?

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  8. Walt Barrett July 8, 2007 at 7:54 am

    The idea is great, The acid test will the US Department of Transportation ever allow it on the highways? If it is used for anything more than a neighborhood vehicle it will have to undergo crash testing. There is also a safety criteria just for neighborhood vehicle use, and I believe the top speed is limited to 25 mph as a neighborhood vehicle. We found that when it comes to introducing new electric vehicles to the USA you can expect very little cooperation from the Department of Transportation, and the process is very expensive. Simply getting then to speak to you on the phone is a major victory. God forbid we interrupt their reading of the morning newspapers! On one side our government is screaming about cleaning up the atmosphere, and on the other side, just try to get some information that will help you to legally get the project off the ground! They do not offer much real assistance to the small businessman, but are very quick to levy a fine if you make any sort of mistake, and the EPA is even worse. The EPA scientists that write the rules don’t always agree with the enforcement division who is a bunch of zealots that seem to enjoy ruining small businesses.
    Anyone who plans to be an electric vehicle pioneer in the USA will find their biggest obstacle is our own government. God forbid we ever compete with the big three automakers.
    Walt

  9. sunil July 5, 2007 at 11:39 pm

    i want purchase a solar operated car, what is prise, details, please inform me.

  10. royal March 7, 2007 at 4:29 pm

    Boy that’s ugly. However, as a cheapskate, this really appeals to me. Maybe I can buy a used fuel-free car by 2017.

  11. Christine O'Boyle February 21, 2007 at 10:45 pm

    I want one. Too cool. The old guys gotta get off the pot because this needs to be on the road, NOW!!

  12. maja January 28, 2007 at 7:02 am

    How come you don’t mention the name of the designer. I believe, it’s Sacha Lakic, serbian designer, based in France, or I am wrong?

    Your website is fantastic, even bigger reason to always credit the designers, they are the brains behind each concept.

  13. Slavko Stefanic, Zagreb... January 18, 2007 at 1:40 am

    Nice, ekegant as elegant it could be for a two bad coach running on the natural power. It is nice to know that there is NO EXHAUST SYSTEM n this vehicle, and there is no NOISE beeing done when it is running.

    Only a certain problem appears to come in the focus very soon::

    What companxy is going to be an “solar power distributor” and “wind provider” at the time. Because since the world egsist, there always was somebody willing to charge something that is naturaly free…

    One of the reasons why Nikola Tesla was not recognised in timebeing , because he wanted to let electric energy wireless for free to everyone in the world. And lately he died . poor lonely nonrecognised bastard.

    Ooh,t NOW, some 70 yeas after he died, somebody is providing his idea again.

    Touchy, very touchy!

    You got my thumbs up! But be aware that the “old guys” are going to try to stop you….

  14. Richie January 17, 2007 at 12:30 pm

    A good first effort. More work will have to be done to make it a viable alternative. Good luck ! Also, check out:

    I guess this blog will no longer post links to websites… so check google for: MDI Air Car ; Tesla Motors; & Vectrix Electric Motorcycles.

    2 of these 3 systems are fully functioning alternatives to carbon emitting transport that you can buy and drive today ! The future of automotive transport is definitely ‘Electric’… not Hydrogen Fuel Cells or Bio-Fuels. Enjoy !

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  16. Stephen Balbach January 17, 2007 at 1:09 am

    I’d like to drive it across the US using only solar and wind power. It might take a few years. With the amazing accomplishments of the R&D solar cars used in solar races (cross-Australia) it seems possible to build a much longer range vehicle.

    Average solar contribution : 7 km/day

  17. George January 16, 2007 at 3:05 pm

    Very commendable and avant garde, and clearly Not an April Fools joke. While the performance characteristics are a bit disappointing, it’s nonetheless an interesting limited-use urban shuttle or suburban low-speed errand hopper, and hopefully it’s a start to greater performance.

  18. Brian January 16, 2007 at 2:48 pm

    Actually bicycles are THE “low-consumption, vehicle on the road,” But if you are disabled or need to haul stuff, this is a marvelous invention. Viva la France!

  19. William January 16, 2007 at 10:24 am

    Pretty design – the French seem to have a flair for that. However, I just don’t believe it is practical – 50 km @ 50 km/hr? How? Look at the small area of PV cells – perhaps enough to power a lap top? and that silly little windmill on the top? How much will that generate? Think about it – you will need to run the car off your battery (at 50km/hr) to create the windspeed to generate the electricity to recharge the battery … Ahah! A new perpetual motion machine! Or perhaps the micro-turbine will charge the battery when the car is not being used (in the garage?). I think this must be an April fool’s joke? Anyway, as someone else has already remarked – a nice golf cart ;).

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