GM Hummer O2

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Director: Frank Saucedo

Strategy: Steve Anderson

Concept & Design: Jussi Timonen & Jose Paris

3D Modeling: Loren Kulesus, Jussi Timonen & Jose Paris

"THE HUMMER THAT BREATHES"

Why can't a car give back to our environment?We are each responsible for a damaging andnon-productive "carbon footprint"- the effect ourdaily lives have on the earth's environment.

The HUMMER O2 is an automotive concept which explores the use of basic science principles that would result in a reversal of our daily toll on the surrounding environment. The HUMMER O2 represents the first time a vehicle has been designed to give back to our environment, in essence, an environmental NET GAIN over the lifespan of the vehicle. The HUMMER O2 concept features a revolutionary phototropic body shell that produces pure oxygen throughout the lifespan of the vehicle. It's actually quite simple, algae-filled body panels transform harmful CO2 into pure oxygen that is subsequently released back into the environment. To further reduce environmental impact, the O2's construction specifies the use of 100% post consumer materials like aluminum (frame), VOC-free finishes (seats) and PETE (glazing).

Details:

PHOTOSYNTHESISThe phototropic body panels function as the "leafs" of the O2. Each one contains an optimized photobioreactor where a solution of algae and water transforms toxic carbon dioxide into pure oxygen. The oxygen is then released back into the environment as well as inside the cockpit. Oil changes are replaced by annual algae replacement. The used algae are then recycled as biomass for the production of energy.

BREATHINGThe flow of Co2 and oxygen is regulated by a two-way valve system ("Mistic Devices" TM) in the corner of each panel. These sophisticated devices control and monitor the amount of CO2 and source nutrition needed for the algae cultivation and optimize oxygen production and distribution.

STRUCTUREA central aluminum "tree" creates a perfect hexagonal structure that both protects the central hydrogen tank and supports the external structural body panels. The stiff body panels transform the tree intro a safe enclosed spaceframe taking care of side impact protection. Front and rear caps connect the powertrain and suspension ("roots") firmly to the "tree".

Energy Four modular and self-contained fuel cells power the hydraulic motors attached to each wheel. New water-based hydraulic fluid is used. The hydrogen tank is found in an ideal central location for both safety and structural purposes, becoming this way the literal and metaphorical "heart" of the vehicle.

FOOTPRINTActive Tread TM tires provide optimum low resistance when driving on the highway while still allowing good off-road progress as their shape changes, adapting to and protecting the soil.

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