Budapest (Hungary) - You wouldn’t expect the country of Hungary to be an automotive powerhouse, but it strongly desires to be the green car capital of the world. By 2012 Antro Solo want to produce a solar, human and gas-electric hybrid vehicle that drives more than 150 miles per gallon of gas. The Antro Solo is not only the most fuel efficient vehicle currently thought of, but will also be extremely affordable, costing consumers around $20,000.
The Antro Solo is a gas-electric hybrid with a carbon fiber chassis that seats three. The graphic designers chose carbon fiber to produce a vehicle that is lightweight and quick. The Antro Solo weighs less than 600lbs and it is the weight of the vehicle that allows for such amazing fuel efficiency; better yet the car reaches a pretty impressive top speed of almost 90mph.
To make the vehicle even more efficient, the designers installed solar panels on the roof of the vehicle. The solar panels charge the vehicle’s batteries for short trips ranging between 10-15 miles. In the event that the sun is not shining enough to power the vehicle batteries, each passenger’s seat comes with pedals that will power the cars generator. If you are alone, or none of your passengers want to pedal the car is capable of switching to its small combustion engine that has the ability to run on either ethanol or petrol.
The vehicle is set to go into production in 2012; its prototype was on display at the Budapest Museum of Transport.
Till they have to pedal
Among the seemingly countless problems with these vehicles are concerns about the shelf life of their fuel tanks/cells, and the question as to whether it actually uses more energy and is more environmentally harmful to get the fuel cell produced and filled vs. just using gasoline. ...enegry put in vs. energy received.
...its almost like you said lets all go buy lead paint, or something.
Unless you're driving a tank you're not going to live through that anyhow, so it is kind of a useless point. I'd be curious to see how they handle being in an average crash at 55mph.
Motorcycles are just about the dumbest thing on the road, only bested by bicycles and scooters. It'll be a great idea to drive around at 60mph in the open air with nothing to protect my body aside from a helmet and some crappy clothes. Lets toss in tiny size that easily hides in blind spots for a little more fun.