Fuel Cell City Car Concept: Hug It Or Drive It?

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.

city car concept

image via Jenny Tseitlin

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.

 

Steve Duda lives in West Seattle, WA with three dogs and a lot of outdoor gear. A part-time fly fishing fishing guide and full-time writer, Steve’s work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Seattle Weekly, American Angler, Fly Fish Journal, The Drake, Democracy Now! and many others.

  • G J Lasrado

    No one says the safely features. Where is the supply of hydrogen, what is the cost. It is a dream world. We can produce hydrogen like in a lab. But it is too expensive. How can we then afford to buy fuel cell vehicles as common persons needs.

    • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.bacon Andrew Bacon

      The best thing to do when face with a creative idea is to shit on it.  Thanks for nothing.

  • Dan Carter

    I think there is a typo and this car will use a proton exchange membrane fuel cell and not propane as stated in the article.

    • pdxpete

      Doh! Thanks for pointing that out, Dan. We’ve made the fix.
      (Pete Danko, EarthTechling)