We are loving the Los Angeles Design Challenge Competition, because so far the outcomes of it have been nothing less than spectacular. We had the Mercedes BIOME, and now this, the Volvo Air Motion Concept. Volvo describes it as an ultra light clam shell sculptured vehicle, whatever that means!
This vehicle is an open-top 3-seater funster which has been designed with one goal in mind: minimizing weight and complexity. So it’s got no engine as such. In fact, as the name suggests, it runs on air!
The Volvo Air Motion has compressed air motors that are fed by a centrally mounted air tank, which is loaded at Air Replenishment Sites. Then air turbines floating 1,000ft convert the wind energy into the electricity, which eventually runs the vehicle. Amazingly the motors cool down under load rather than heat up, thus removing the need for heavy cooling systems.
It’s all good, except it doesn’t exist yet! They will show a 1/4 scale model of it at the LA Autoshow.