Nuvera Fuel Cells Receives $8.4M in DOE Awards for Two Fuel Cell Stack Projects
Irish Government, ESB and Renault-Nissan Alliance Partner on EVs in Ireland; Incentives, Charge Points and Cars

SAIC Unveils Its Own “Leaf”

SAIC has unveiled its “Leaf” concept car at the Shanghai Automotive Group - General Motors Pavilion at Expo 2010 Shanghai. The car combines photovoltaic conversion (solar cells), wind energy conversion (spinners on the wheels), and CO2 absorption in a electric-drive vehicle.

Saicleaf
SAIC reveals its Leaf. Click to enlarge.
  • The leaf-shaped roof incorporates solar cells that can track the position of the sun to improve the efficiency of solar energy collection.

  • Each of the four wheels features a mini wind turbine to transform wind energy into electrical energy.

  • The body contains meal-organic framework elements for carbon dioxide capture and a microbial fuel cell to generate a current.

Comments

Sanity Chk

This is pretty funny - mini wind turbines on each wheel to capture wind energy? What have they been smoking?

HealthyBreeze

What a cool golfcart. I'm guessing it's PV and wind turbines produce less than 5% of the energy it needs to putter about town in a given day.

Davemart

Sadly there will be eco-loons who think that this 'proves' that we can run around in car with solar roofs and windy wheels!

Chris Jensen

Thats just silly!

Henry Gibson

Up till now I have been promoting a return to the 55 MPH speed limit on US motorways to save on fuel. Now I think that it is clear that 30 MPH would be better. People who wish to go faster can travel by train with this vehicle in their luggage. Skytran is also interesting. Russia can build a safe nuclear car that can run without refuling for about a hundred years. ..HG..

ToppaTom

It is hard to make a concept car more ridiculous than all the serious green concept cars, but obviously not impossible.

Next? Out-do the solar roadways and the harnessing of noise by Piezeoelectrochemical Effects.

Bryan

Henry-

30 mph? You're kidding I hope.

I love the idea of high speed rail... but I don't think you can connect every rural area via rail to eliminate the need for cars.

Will S

Bryan,

Rural areas are by definition farmland or open land. If you are thinking exurban, then expect that to revert back to farmland when oil prices begin another inexorable climb. Won't need rail or cars there much...

Bryan

What about those people who live in unincorporated agricultural communities? Similarly, small towns within 20 miles of a factory. I refer to communities similar to that which consitute a significant portion of our country. Additionally, there isn't a need for factories to be located in cities.. they're often located on rail lines and staffed with workers from rural (unincorporated) areas within 30 miles.

sheckyvegas

Hey! I found one of those in my CrackerJack box last week! It's also a whistle, you know...

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment

Your Information

(Name is required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)