We recently had the opportunity not only to see this sporty fuel cell vehicle from Japan, but to actually get in and pretend to drive off into the Abu Dhabi sunset. Featured at the World Future Energy Summit last week, this dreamy sports car was designed by students at Osaka Sangyo University using parts taken from the open market. And we loved it. Browse through our gallery of this emissions-free diamond in the rough and learn more about what makes it tick.
A two-seater beauty with a dazzling yellow shell, the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle is the first in Japan to be developed without help from a major car manufacturer. Very low to the ground, the car has a multi-tubular steel frame, a four-part glass fiber reinforced plastic exterior and weighs 720 kg.
With a maximum power output of 20kW x 2, the Brushless DC electric motor isn’t the most powerful one on the market, but the vehicle can reach speeds of up to 80km/h. Once charged, the lithium-ion battery has a range of 200km. The no-fuss interior is surprisingly comfortable. Already licensed to drive on the roads in Japan, this awesome emissions-free car is just one of a series developed by Atsushi Saihara and his students.
Images by Tafline Laylin for Inhabitat