Hydrogen vehicles are the future and provide one of the ways to stop using fossil fuels. This therefore cuts down on greenhouse gases that produce global warming. These 20 futuristic hydrogen vehicle concept designs are some the coolest concept designs that we’d like to see rolling down the highway soon.
Ronn Motors Scorpion Roadster
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This is Scorpion, a hydrogen car prototype by Ronn Motor Company. This V6-powered, hydrogen-injected roadster, comes in two flavors “450 or 650 horsepower.” Scorpion is equipped with the company’s proprietary H2GO hydrogen injection system. This slick looking ride weighs about 2,200 pounds, so Ronn Motor estimates fuel mileage at around 40 miles-per-gallon. The company intends to hone the prototype, but look for this supercar being available in the not-too-distant future.
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The Smart Fortwo is a hydrogen fuel-cell-powered, zero-emission concept car for Volkswagen. The little two-seater car should be able to squeeze into tight parking spaces. However, the large tires with no mud guards might make driving in the rain a total nightmare.
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BlitzenBenz concept racing car will respond like human bodies react with the human nerve system. Designer George Yoo created the horizontal tubes to visually look and act like a vase where plants grow. The wheels are secured to the organic structure with in-wheel motors that will open like a plant blossoms to receive sunlight or water. The lighting idea was inspired by bioluminescent deep sea creatures. The hydrogen tank is located in the side pocket of the car to give the visual impression of recycling water throughout the entire vehicle.
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Pholeum transportation unit concept vehicle is based on the living cell tissue structure of a plant that can carry organic nutrients to any part of the plant where required. Big rubber wheels contain quad electric motors empowered with efficient next generation hydrogen fuel cell technology. Designer Alexei Mikhailov intends for Pholeum to have a composition of memory plastic body work that, if dented or scratched, will go back to its original shape under application of heat.
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The Volkswagen Citizen Tarelkin by Designer Denis A. is a concept car designed specifically for cities that wish to get rid of some drawbacks encountered in urban settings such as congestion, pollution and noise. The car is equipped with electric motors devised to operate with a hybrid propulsion system, batteries and hydrogen fuel cells. The small wheels hidden underneath the vehicle’s aerodynamic shape are able to rotate 180 degrees.
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The Dacia SHIFT concept car is a two seater with a transparent removable roof. Designer Liviu Tudoran created Dacia SHIFT specifically for the needs of young Bucharest residents. The power source can either be a lithium-ion battery or electric piles that run by liquid hydrogen.
Mercedes Benz F-Cell Roadster
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Mercedes F-CELL is a concept hydrogen-powered buggy roadster. The body is fiberglass and carbon fiber. It is powered by a hydrogen-electric, emission-free, fuel cell system located at the rear. If the big-spoked bicycle type wheels don’t snag attention, then steering with a joystick surely will. The joystick controls drive-by-wire technology. Additionally, the F-CELL Roadster is supposed to contain all the technologies that top of the line Mercedes cars have.
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Renault Vitesse by designer James Logan is a hydrogen fuel cell powered concept car. Since the car is intended for intelligent highways of the late 2020 era, the Vitesse will connect to computers controlling the highway and receive information regarding road hazards. Then the information will pass on to other highway drivers to enable them to take proper evasive action. Vitesse is made from lightweight hybrid plastic. A unique bike mountings at the rear end will eliminate any need of roof racks.
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The adaptable and reconfigurable RT20 concept car was designed by Mathieu Lewis to be at home on both the road and the race track. The RT20 powertrain is a liquid hydrogen fueled twin-turbo V6. This will provide the power and the noise that driving enthusiasts want and need.
BMW HR2 Hybrid Car
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The BMW HR2 hybrid car performs with an output of 285 hp and with a top speed on 185 mph. Acceleration from zero to 60 mph takes approximately six seconds. According to BMW, “BMW will launch a dual-mode version of the current 7 Series during the production cycle of the present model, thus introducing the first car of its kind able to run on both hydrogen and gasoline.”
Melbourne Taxi 2020
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Melbourne Taxi 2020 design concept utilizes an electric Taxi vehicle and supported infrastructure with recharging booths placed at vital points around the city. The taxi’s high-tech features are GPS and mapping systems for passengers and driver, a Smart card system, passenger info and entertainment hub. The green features include a hydrogen fuel cell, a solar panel system including recharging hubs and battery generators. Designer Damian Lucaciu also tackled the problem of accessibility. All rear compartment seats tuck away, opening up maximum floor room for wheelchair access.
The Baja 1000 Buggy
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Designer Dong Tran designed the Baja 1000 Buggy concept to use solar cells infused into the body shell. This helps charge the all electric drivetrain. The powersource is a hydrogen fuel cell. The tires are completely airless and feature LEDs lights on the tread. The Baja 1000 Buggy was a winner of the 2009 Michelin Challenge Design competition. It won in both the vehicle design and wheel design categories.
Hyundai 2020 Family Car
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Designer Nicolas Stone has come up with a new family car. The Hyundai 2020 is aimed at a family of four. Inspired by plants, the car generates fuel for itself using nothing more than sunlight and water. Transparent solar cells generate electricity from ambient light. This electricity is used to carry out electrolysis of water and generate hydrogen to fuel the car.
‘Ozone’ Hydrogen Powered Vehicle
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Futuristic concept vehicle ‘Ozone’ works on hydrogen powered fuel cells. The two seater has giant wheels controlled by separate motors and powered by fuel cells. ‘Ozone’ is steered with a joystick. Huge glass side doors slide open to enter and exit this vehicle. It might be trippy to sit inside the semi transparent glass casing and roll down the highway.
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The Jaguar C-XC concept by designer Phillip Dean is powered by hydrogen fuel cells which are mounted in the hood. A single piece of glass stretches from the hood to the rear, acting as hood, windscreen, roof, and rear window. Aerodynamics are improved by means of covered wheels and a touching of glass on the body. The Jaguar C-XC might prove to be a mean, lean, road warrior machine.
Audi A0 QS
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Audi A0 QS by designer Alexander Tiganova was “designed for athletes and rich people to enhance their active lifestyles.” This small and dynamic sports car is a hybrid, equipped with an electric motor and a hydrogen engine. Rubber fabric on the doors help them to appear transparent. Keeping in mind for whom it was designed, expect the price tag to be out of reach for mere mortals.
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Christopher Latta designed the two-seater ZIV, or Zero Impact Vehicle concept, to offer a greener lifestyle for the busy urban environment by using recycled or reclaimed materials only. It is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell that generates water as the final mechanical waste and can be collected in a holding tank for later use. “The motionless rim design makes the vehicle unique where the tire travels around the rim by utilizing maglev train like magnets that controls all propulsion and braking functions.”
Landstorm Concept Vehicle
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The Landstorm concept vehicle was created for 2058. Designer Peter Spriggs intends Landstorm to be needed “when airborne vehicles will not be effective to reach a particular area because of frequent natural disasters as a result of future global warming.” These pods have been designed for scouting missions, for food and water transportation to a disaster affected area, and for use as medical pods that can treat two patients simultaneously. The excavation pods can work as robust cranes to remove large pieces of wreckage. As a fire rescue pod, the tank can hold 750 gallons of water and can drain water from lakes with outboard pumps. A hydraulic drive-train is attached with several powerful electric motors and powered by hydrogen fuel cells.
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The Vayro is a future track concept to meet the increasing freight requirement of long-distance road haulage for the year 2020. The truck is powered by a hydrogen-fueled internal combustion engine. Vayro features a power-split transmission that transmits the power electrically through an electric generator. Desginer Kioko Muthui created Vayro to have an overall length of 123 feet that can carry a gross of 182,000 pounds.
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Liviu Tudoran designed the Renault E0, Emission ZERO, with two different platforms. One contains an electric charging mechanism and the other includes electric combustion piles fueled by liquid hydrogen. Aluminum is the main body component of this four-seater concept car. The battery is charged by a solar panel whenever possible.