There are vehicles, and then there are eco-friendly vehicles, and after that come the zero-emission vehicles. These represent the peak of sustainability for a vehicle. However, unless we switch to renewable energy, even the zero-emission vehicles completely without any carbon emission. If we are using fossil fuel electricity to run such vehicles then that leads to indirect emissions. Nevertheless, these vehicles are still much more eco-friendly than the others available in the market. BMW Halbo is one such vehicle.
Designed for the BMW Motorrad Innovation Contest 2009, the BMW Halbo by Pierre Yohanes Lubis is a concept bike powered by electricity. Unlike other motorcycles it propels its front wheel. The bike uses its sphere rear wheel just for balancing. The rear of the bike has a ball joint so that it can move freely following the leaning of the front part. The concept is designed specifically for vibrant young people in highly populated cities. Mass transport may be the solution for crowded cities. However, with this concept, one can satisfy the personal needs without putting the environment in jeopardy.
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Some more zero-emission vehicles like BMW Halbo
Released at EUROBIKE on September 2, 2009, the “YikeBike” by the Kiwi design team is a radical electric bicycle. It just weighs 9.8 kilograms and folds to 67×56×12 cm to fit in a backpack. It features a small powerful 1.2 kW electric motor and controller that replaces chain pedal, gearbox, mechanical brake, cables or levers. Moreover the YikeBike is gonna be the first bicycle on the market with electronic anti-skid brakes. Looking like a mini version of a penny-farthing (mini-farthing), the vehicle also integrates lights, indicators and brake lights on a hard carbon light platform. These ensure the safety as well ease of the ride.
Intended for city journeys of up to 9km, the bike is capable of reaching a top speed of 20km/h. This is possible because of its high power brushless electric motor. In short, the zero-emission bike allows a safe and brisk ride on cramped city roads. Moreover, it also lets the users play their part in sustaining the environment.
2. Lotus Electrive
The design of this vehicle intends to meet the demands of all who need a much powerful ride. The design team at Diseno-Art has come up with a sports car, Lotus Electrive, aims towards the Lotus brand. Having its construction on a tubular aluminum spaceframe and having a covering of GRP body, the car carries a set of rechargeable lithium-polymer batterie.
One can charge them by plugging the vehicle into a standard mains electricity socket. Furthermore, one can easily mount the solar panels on the side pods to charge the vehicle on the go. This will definitely take more time than the use of mains electricity. The car is powered by two electric motors, located in the rear carbon fiber section, which propels each rear wheel.
During deceleration the car’s electric motors act in reverse, generating a small amount of energy, which again tops up the battery charge. The electric vehicle can also be run in three different modes – Sport mode for a more powerful drive, which of course comes at the cost of range, a standard mode in which performance in balanced with range and an Eco Mode in which performance is sacrificed to offer greater range.
3. Biona electric bike
With the consumption of non-renewable sources of energy at a fast pace, one has to look for alternatives before they get exhausted. But it seems that the electric engines are all geared up to replace the traditional gasoline pumped engines. This will ensure that the perishable sources of energy exist for a longer time. The electric driven vehicles are a step forward towards saving the deteriorating environment as well. Keeping all these factors in mind, Jordi Poblet has designed an electric motorcycle named Biona. This urban electric driven vehicle has minimalistic designing and will make you travel from one place to the other without polluting the environment.
The designing is novel and Biona has been crafted out of greener materials. This light-weight bike incorporates fresh technology and will make sure you ride in style that too the greenway. So, if you are a nature lover and motorcycles are your weakness, then Biona is definitely going to win you over.
4. Honda 3R-C concept
Slated to be displayed at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, the “Honda 3R-C” by Honda’s European research and design team is a three-wheeled vehicle concept that allows zero-emission commutation in urban environments, reducing your carbon footprint. Generating power from an electric drivetrain, located low down in the chassis to improve the center of gravity, the single-seater integrates a canopy that when parked covers the seat and handlebars to keep the interior clean and arid in all weather conditions. When on the move, the canopy becomes an enveloping windscreen, while the mounted sides give extra protection to the rider. In addition, the Honda 3R-C also presents a safe cargo area up front to carry your luggage.
Designed by Alican Yılmaz, the Cherry is a futuristic vehicle that will give an altogether new meaning to the concept of personal commuting. Basically intended for urban environments, this next gen hybrid promises a green drive and folds into a compact vehicle for easy parking or storage. Featuring adjustable driving positions, the electric vehicle is powered by a plug-in battery, located under the gel-padded seat, without causing any harm to the environment. The rider can steer the vehicle by leaning in different directions, which is quite similar to a motorbike and control braking through armrests. The huge front wheel of the zero-emission vehicle houses the entire drive engine. Lesser number of parts makes this high performance vehicle cheaper and allows easy customization as well.
6. Husqvarna Panthera Leo
Designed by the fancy robot lawnmower maker, Husqvarna, the Husqvarna Panthera Leo is an electric lawnmower crafted from recycled materials. Featuring five motors powered by a rechargeable lithium phosphate battery that propels three separate cutters, the lawnmower can do the cutting tasks nonstop for about two hours. Featuring an LCD display monitor with silicon underneath, which automatically comprehends the optimum cutting height, speed, width of the cutting deck, service information, steep hill warning and running speed, the electric mower is capable of mowing of variable, between a 33″ and 47″ wide swath. The zero-emission lawnmower comes with an ergonomic steering wheel and easy to control dashboard with zero-turn functionality, making lawn mowing fun.