Designer Jenny Tseitlin has created a city car concept so adorable that it seems almost heartbreaking to leave it all alone on the cold, dark streets. You want to invite it in and offer it a warm cup of tea and a cozy place to nap. But under its super-cute exterior is what could be the one-person fuel cell city car of the future.
Tseitlin’s concept, which right now goes by the rather un-cute name “Electric City Car,” is tiny and made for just one person. At 6 feet, 2 inches long, 4-feet wide and just under 6-feet tall, the city car is petite enough to fit in just about any parking space.
According to a report on designbuzz.com, the city car will be propelled by a proton exchange membrane fuel cell battery. These fuel cells use a solid polymer membrane (a thin plastic film) as the electrolyte. This polymer is permeable to protons when it is saturated with water, but it does not conduct electrons. Many consider this the technology of choice to propel future fuel cell cars. Tseitlin says the battery, fitted into the floor of the vehicle, will drive two 30-kilowatt electric motors mounted in the car’s front wheels. That power plant will be good for about 50 mph.
The car has a reservoir that can hold about 8.8 pounds of hydrogen to feed the battery. That’s good for close to 250 miles of driving—more than enough for any in-city errands.