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2006 Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge
A winner will be announced at the
By utilizing molecular nanotechnology, a compact fuel cell can be made possible, thereby making vehicle packaging efficient. New strong, lightweight materials derive from various sources and are 100 percent recyclable. The hydrogen fuel cell power plant tests its performance in the most grueling endurance race in the world — the 24 Hours of
The FCX is a notion of Acura’s commitment to a cleaner environment.
Honda Research & Development
Designers: Leon Paz
Joe De Natale
The Dynamic Space Frame integrates all fluid and electrical channels within the frame, a hydraulic fluid drive in place of a traditional driveshaft and suspension/body components filled with fluid that responds to electrical current to control the ride. A new level of individualization is achieved by its dynamic space frame made of an “all-inclusive” single material used for both the interior and exterior.
To offset the resources used for this concept, Audi purchased domestic wind power from Renewable Energy Choice and planted trees through Trees for the Future’s Global Cooling Program.
Designers: Hans Chou, Toby Gilles, Tony Liu, Sabine Lapine, Jae Min, Heather Shaw and Mattijs van Tuijl
The Honda Extreme is a vehicle that “grows” with the owner.
Honda Research & Development
Designers: Nicholas David
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,
Designers: Frank Saucedo
Eco-fashionistas can easily recycle the Polyethylene Terephthalate (PETE) panels for a new look. When the sun has set, the next adventure is
Kia Sandstorm drivers feel the renewable energy – their own.
Designer: Marc Mainville
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
Designers: Andre Frey
REUSE: From the hot-rodding culture to the resurgence of pre-fabricated homes, So.
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.
BMW Group DesignworksUSA
Designer: Gary Shiu – ACCD Intern Designer
The manual/pedal mode used in heavy, stop-and-go traffic is also suitable for boardwalk, sidewalk, and beach producing zero emissions while promoting LA's fitness lifestyle. The automatic/electric mode is used at higher speeds with the track widening for more stability via a unique telescopic axle.
The Toyota RLV is a specialized vehicle solution improving the quality of life, while preserving the environment.
CALTY Design Research
Designer: Kevin J. Chun
The ability to vary the density of the frame allows designers to engineer safety “crumple zones.” Using sensor data, the nano-machines are able to sense impending collisions and strengthen or weaken their connection to each other to ensure the survival of its passengers.
Designers: Patrick Faulwetter