1 The Solar-Electric Futuristic Super Car on Tue Sep 14, 2010 4:39 am
The Peugeot 888 by Oskar Johansen is a solar-electric super-car is capable of a unique feat of imaginative engineering: it can shrink and shift between two modes: suburban mode and city mode. While in the city, the vehicle is lifted by a hydraulic tilting system which in turn decreases the length of its wheel axis, becoming slightly taller, giving it improved visibility, and making it more maneuverable. As the vehicle leaves the city, the vehicle returns to its lower profile, giving it the speed and stability required for highway driving.
The 888 is fully electric and features an independent electric motor on each wheel. Lithium-ion batteries supply each motor with energy, and the car also generates its own power via the photovoltaic cells covering its trunk.
The 888 is one of many entries in the Fifth Annual Peugeot Design Contest. The breath and scope of this year’s designs hasn’t ceased to impress us, and it’s definitely worth a look.