What might automobiles look like 15 years in the future? Los Angeles automobile design studios, representing almost every major automobile manufacturer.
In 2006 year winner is the HUMMER O2 Concept, an entry from General Motors West Coast Advanced Design Studio in Hollywood, CA. The contest required that vehicle entries be 100-percent recyclable and have a lifespan of just 60 months.
phototropic body shellRevolutionary phototropic body shell that produces pure oxygen throughout the life of the vehicle Algae-filled body panels Algae-filled body panels transform harmful carbon dioxide into pure oxygen
The panels essentially function as the 'leaves' of the HUMMER O2 and effectively clean the air in the surrounding environment. Used algae are recycled as biomass for the further production of energy.
A central aluminum "tree" A central aluminum "tree" creates a perfect hexagonal structure that both protects the central hydrogen tank and supports the external structural body panels.
The hydrogen tank is found in an ideal central location for both safety and structural purposes
Frank Saucedo, director, GM Advanced Design in California, said: why couldnt a vehicle give back "Most vehicles in L.A. spend 95 percent of their time outdoors subjected to sunlight, so why couldnt a vehicle give back?"