The automobile of 2031 can seat one to two passengers, depending on the model. Instead of gasoline, this vehicle operates on electric power, which is obtained through the solar panel roof and electric charge (power outlets).
As the car is running, the power charged from the solar panel is stored in battery cells underneath the driver’s seat and vehicle.
All of the interior, exterior body panels and covers are made from recycled metals and plastics (to reduce manufacturing new resources and materials). And all panels are painted with biodegradable paints instead of toxic chemicals. Large windows give the driver more natural light for better visibility and reduced blind spots.
Each wheel runs on its own individual motor, resulting in more power and traction. The new suspension and wheel design is much simpler, making it easier to repair, fix and find replacement parts.
Instead of using air-filled tubes, the individual suspensions (positioned in six, similar to spokes) act as the rubber cushioning. The wheels maintain the same shock absorption as standard suspensions while eliminating the chance of rubber tire failures.
Also, the new wheel design further reduces toxic pollution created from manufacturing tire rubber.
One of the most unique features of this vehicle is its capability to have the front and rear wheels fold in together. As the wheels move in, the wheelbase shortens, making it easier to turn around, make
u-turns or park in tight areas (such as downtown districts, parking lots and sidestreets).
Strips of LED lights are placed on the front and rear wheel covers for better visibility, while using less power and creating less heat.
– Matthew Law is a Toronto-based designer and commercial photographer. He is in his last year of studies at Humber College in the Transportation/Industrial Design program. He specializes in automotive aftermarket and concept design. Visit his website and portfolio at matthewlaw.ca.