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2006 L. A. Auto Show Design Challenge Page 2

Daniel Talbert

David Cheng







The Hummer O2 epitomizes the ethos of the true Southern California outdoors enthusiast with rugged capability and construction methods that promote safety, accessibility and post-consumer re-use. It’s a Hummer that provides an environmental net gain.


Powered by a fuel cell, this Hummer “breathes” through a revolutionary phototropic body shell that produces pure oxygen throughout the lifespan of the vehicle. The algae-filled body panels transform harmful CO2 into pure oxygen that is subsequently released back into the environment. The Hummer’s construction consists of 100 percent post consumer materials: aluminum (frame) and VOC-free finishes (seats).


The HUMMER O2 represents the first time a vehicle has been designed to give back to the environment.


General Motors Advanced Design, California

Designers: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Frank Saucedo

Steve Anderson

Jussi Timonen

Jose Paris

Loren Kulesus








Beach bums can go from zero to sunny with this biodiesel electric plug-in hybrid with an NiMH, fully recyclable battery that is so environmentally friendly that you might ask it to pass the SPF. With barbecue-friendly storage, a solar-powered cooling feature and built-in detachable recycling bins, green living has never been so easy for this go-anywhere Kia.


Eco-fashionistas can easily recycle the Polyethylene Terephthalate (PETE) panels for a new look. When the sun has set, the next adventure is California ’s commuter lanes. Whether traveling at 10, 20, or 55 mph, occupants are in a securely enclosed hydroformed aluminum safety cage.


Kia Sandstorm drivers feel the renewable energy – their own.


Hyundai KiaAmericaDesignCenter

Designer: Marc Mainville






Wood, alloys, glass, and rubber combine unexpectedly to create the ultimate recyclable California roadster of the future. Powered by a four-cylinder Blu-Tec bio-diesel motor, the RÇCY’s open-air design helps take advantage of Los Angeles ’ weather and lifestyle.


Constantly “recycling itself,” this high-strength frame and laminated wood shell allows owners to easily replace damaged panels. The RÇCY is 100 percent recyclable and after five years can be taken to a recycling center to be reduced to its elemental materials.


Fast, fun and fully recyclable, the RÇCY from Mercedes-Benz is for the ecologically minded consumer who demands a smart, elegant alternative to the traditional roadster.


Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design of North America

Designers: Andre Frey

Gorden Wagener

Nick Garfias

Jeffrey Aneiros

Christopher Rhoades






REDUCE: The Mini BioMoke’s optimistic, minimalist approach to travel has go-anywhere capabilities and an open-air cockpit allowing its occupants to enjoy Southern California ’s temperate climate.


REUSE: From the hot-rodding culture to the resurgence of pre-fabricated homes, So. Cal ’s influence encourages the BioMoke kit-car format, promoting interactivity with customizable body panels, alternative fuel powertrains, and the reuse of mechanical components from previous vehicles.


RECYCLE: The BioMoke's body is constructed from a single sheet of biodegradable sandwich paneling impregnated with palm tree seeds. As the BioMoke ends its five-year lifecycle, its body composts to promote tree growth and clean the air.

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