Pholeum Concept

Prize2nd Place in Transportation / Alternative Fuel Vehicles
Entry Description

The Pholeum concept is based on the idea of living cell tissue system of a plant, that acts as a transportation unit which carries organic nutrients to all parts of the plant where needed. This concept is the inspiration of a theoretical idea of future technology acting as micro organisms that transport and nourish the world on a global scale. Design: The concept vehicle is based on personal mobility unit. The idea behind only having one passenger is to accommodate the sense of personal space and unity. The design behind such idea is to explore the form of travel in the life style of mega-cities. The vehicle is that equivalent to riding a bike down the street, its mobility purpose is to provide on demand transportation access to a single person. The vehicle can be categorized as product like, where simple forms and feature invite the end user to explore and accept it into their daily life routines. The design stance of a vehicle is that of the famous chariot like position. Having the wheel base out of the body allows for diversified design experimentation and a new bold look. The wheels themselves are fully immersed rubberized tires with in-depended spoke arrangements, such set up allows for the wheels to conform and absorb road bumps without the use of suspension. The minimalistic interior houses the control steering pod, where the gas and brake paddles are embedded close to the steering, mimicking game like controls application to driving for younger generation. The clear body shell green house design allows for a full visibility of surrounding environment and drive-ability, in casing one in harmony and comfort. Technology: The technology aspect of the vehicle includes a composition of memory plastic panels and body work, which allows for the material to deform back to its original state under application of heat from dents or scratches. Such plastic can then be further recycled and remoulded again into the same part in case of undergoing irreparable damage. The chassis of the vehicle are sustainable as well, made from aluminum alloy with honey comb shape core giving it a lighter weight and greater strength. Sustainability can further be found in the tires of the vehicle, made out of bio-degradable rubber which is fully recyclable and reusable at the end of its life time. Theoretical external airbag system is part of the design enabling a new concept of safety. The three airbags on each side provide maximum protection from side collisions and onwards. Each airbag is situated in its compartment with two in the door pod, and others in the wheels. The sensors in the car, deploy the airbags upon the event of a large mass heading directly in the collision course of the vehicle, within a few meters of its radius. The polycarbonate plastic windshield and door wings, provide for shatter proof greenhouse with an enhanced angle of driving view reducing the area of the blind spot. The powerhouse of the vehicle utilizes hydrogen fuel cell technology, using the next future fuel to generate power for the quad electric motors situated in each wheel. The four individual motors provide in-depended on demand power to each wheel, enabling for precision based power base. The electric motors replace the use of having brake rotors in the wheels, since the motors themselves have the ability to function as brakes with a regenerate power application. The external wheel base allows the vehicle to pivot in a 360 degree range, which accommodates for an easier parking and maneuvering experience. These technologies as a whole and their hypothetical application help make this concept to be in theory environmentally sustainable and serve as a base ideal to a global solution in the automotive world.