Volkswagen Hovercraft Is A Concept Dream

Called the Volkswagen Aqua, 21 year-old designer Yuhan Zhang has been gaining some buzz online for her concept vehicle that was recently shortlisted at the Car Design Awards China 2011, sponsored by Volkswagen, Chrysler, Daimler, and GM, among others.

Although its highly unlikely that the vehicle will ever be manufactured even as a prototype, if the hovercraft were to be produced, the rear-hatch, two-seater, multi-engine transportation device would be powered by hydrogen fuel cell technology, according to Zhang.

image via Yuhan Zhang

We’ve covered a host of concept designs lately, like a hybrid yacht inspired by Audi, a modified Volvo that can be charged wirelessly, a fuel cell snowmobile, and even luxury, hybrid sportscar that is being made in ultra-limited quantities from Jaguar.

Sure, we admit not very many of these design concepts will be adopted on a mass-scale, but that’s not really the point. Concepts, even ones like the Volkswagen Aqua, push the boundaries of what is possible tomorrow, and from that pool of ingenuity may come a solution or idea that revolutionizes an industry. So, please, designers, get to work on an electric car with a 300 mile range that can be refueled by clean sources in less than an hour for a price of under $20,000. Thanks.

Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of BananaStandMedia.com, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.