2006 L. A. Auto Show Design Challenge Page 2

October 23, 2006

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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