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Even by the 'anything-goes' standards of concept cars, this one is a head-spinner: the "Pure Tension" Volvo V60 Pavilion, commissioned by Volvo Italy and winner of the Pure Volvo Pavilion Design competition. The alien form seen hovering all over the rendered V60 is a pavilion, as in the kind erected for trade shows or outdoor events. Developed by Synthesis Design + Architecture, Buro Happold, and Fabric Images, the pavilion is a flexible mesh structure held in place by a carbon fiber rods.

What's more, the mesh is embedded with photovotaic cells so that the pavilion can absorb energy from the sun or indoor lighting, making it a portable charging station. It can power itself or the crossover, the V60 at the center of it all being a diesel hybrid that plugs straight into the pavilion. When it's time to go, the entire structure can be folded small enough to fit in the trunk of the car.

We're told it will be shown in September in Rome. Even if we never see this particular creation on the streets, it's comfortable proof that our future will eventually be wilder than we can imagine.

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      • 1 Year Ago
      Quite the wild design! But I have a feeling it would take up the entire trunk when folded up. It's like the next generation of those foil sun shades that people put in their windshields.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      This particular design looks rather impractical but for a full electric car, I do think there might be justification for an expanding external solar panel to use when the car is parked. That depends on the cost, weight added, and storage space required, though.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Artists are not Engineers. Its easy to think up "wild" ideas, feasibility is a different art.
      • 1 Year Ago
      WTF! It will take over a month to fully charge the Volvo with that crap!
      • 1 Year Ago
      the solar thing looks cool and all but that car looks out of place...
      • 1 Year Ago
      Neat idea, until a gust of wind comes along and carries your car into the next town...
        • 1 Year Ago
        Wow... wind AND solar powered! However it sounds like the wind power needs more control.
      • 1 Year Ago
      It looks like the automatic unfoldable tents. They use fiber rods too. Imaginbe this for camping. I like the idea
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why isn't this on ABG? At least everyone involved is doing something, not just being the turd in the punch-bowl like all the "internet experts" out there. Here's another one: http://news.discovery.com/autos/fuel-and-alternative-fuel-technologies/flower-like-solar-umbrella-powers-car-130402.htm
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's 'photovoltaic'..sorry to be a spelling noodge..
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