Peugeot is one of the many companies that have dedicated themselves to developing energy efficient, greener vehicles that would fuel a better tomorrow. Here are 5 inspiring concept cars, designed either by the company, or by independent designers who were inspired by Peugeot. The concepts are envisioned to run on solar power, and are designed to navigate the worst of streets with ease.
Designed by Omar Ivan Huerta Cardoso, the Peugeot One comes with a solar panelled windshield that absorbs solar energy to power the vehicle. The single seater car makes use of a Gyroscope system to maintain stability on the road and has an impressive suspension system that can handle even sudden stops with ease.
Looking somewhat like the cartoon character ‘Eve’ in the movie ‘Wall-E’, the Peugeot MoVille concept car has a cute rounded, teardrop shape and uses solar energy as well as electric propulsion to move. It also comes with an autopilot that can be powered via a cellphone. Dual sliding window doors, a retractable dashboard and a drive by wireless facility complete the package.
The Peugeot Omni can be considered as the best concept car for metropolitan cities in the near future. It comes with a sporty, aerodynamic body and can accommodate two occupants. The exterior of the car is made of carbon fibre that adds strength to the vehicle without bulking it up. The body contains numerous solar cells that absorb the solar power and use it to refuel the car’s lithium batteries.
Fully functional cameras replace the standard side cameras, thus enabling the driver to have a full view of objects on all sides of the vehicle. Another interesting highlight of the Peugeot Omni is its ability to move sideways at speeds of nearly 5km per hour. This would make it extremely easy for the driver to manoeuvre around traffic jams as well as park efficiently even in tight spots
This futuristic concept car has been designed by Oskar Johansen. The main highlight of this solar powered vehicle is its ability to shrink and expand its body according to two modes, the city mode and the suburban mode. While driving the city, the vehicle makes use of a hydraulic tilting system to lift itself and decrease the length of its wheel axis. Thus, the vehicle would become taller and provide improved visibility and manoeuvrability for the driver. Outside the city, the car would return to its normal profile, thus making it more stable for highway driving.
A part car, part scooter, the Peugeot BB1 comes with a solar panelled roof and two in-wheel electric motors for more stability on the roads. The model has already created quite a buzz in the world of electric cars, and could very well be on the road in the next few years.
A lot of electric concept car designs are doing the round these days. These futuristic concept car models from Peugeot are both stylish to look at and really efficient in reducing energy costs and the ensuing carbon footprint to a great extent.