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Jurassic Eco Car

Helios Off-Roader Spreads Solar Panels When Stopped

— November 6, 2008 — Autos
Helios is a throwback to the Jurassic era, when dinosaurs were dying to make petroleum for us to fight over. Helios is a design for an off-road electric solar-powered buggy. When off-roaders are stopped for the requisite liquid refreshment to recharge, the dino car will spread its "wings" made of photovolatic panels and caputure some rays to charge up the batteries.

The concept is taken from nature, where some animals have stretchable skin to absorb heat and light. The Helios Concept won the Best Use of Technology at the Interior Motives Design Awards 2008.
Trend Themes
1. Electric Off-road Vehicles - The rise of electric off-road vehicles presents an opportunity for innovative designs like the Helios Concept that integrates solar panels for recharging.
2. Renewable Energy Integration - The integration of solar panels in vehicles like the Helios Concept showcases the potential for renewable energy to power transportation.
3. Nature-inspired Design - Nature-inspired design elements, like the stretchable photovolatic panels of the Helios Concept, provide innovative solutions for sustainability in vehicles.
Industry Implications
1. Electric Vehicle Manufacturing - Manufacturers in the electric vehicle industry can explore integrating solar panels to improve the range and sustainability of their off-road models.
2. Renewable Energy - The renewable energy industry can explore partnerships with vehicle manufacturers to advance the use of solar panels for sustainable transportation solutions.
3. Automotive Design and Engineering - Automotive design and engineering firms can leverage nature-inspired design concepts, such as stretchable photovolatic panels, to create innovative and sustainable vehicle solutions.
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