We know we presented almost half of Peugeot’s green concepts, but we couldn’t leave the Peugeot 888 out. It’s an all-electrical vehicle powered by photovoltaic solar panels and a Lithium-ion battery pack. What’s special about Oskar Johansen’s design is its hydraulic tilting system, raising and lowering the vehicle depending on the driver’s needs.
This feature can prove very useful in crowded areas, resembling all too well Daniel Bailye‘s BRB Evolution. Could this be the start for the development of tilting vehicles? Perhaps not, but you have to admit it these designers have their own unique perspectives about how the traffic world would look like full of Peugeot 888s and BRB Evolutions.
Norwegian Oskar Johansen entered the Fifth Annual Peugeot Design Contest with his 888 concept model, described as a two seat automobile powered by solar energy and with a shape-shifting mechanism. Each wheel is equipped with an independent electric engine, harnessed by photovoltaic solar cells. It can raise its wheelbase at the point where it can park in tight spaces, and lower it back down to gain speed. Peugeot 888 was one of the lucky 23 finalists of the Competition in 2008, but unfortunately it didn’t hit Peugeot’s benchmark for production.
Overpopulation has been a problem for some years now, Peugeot 888 being capable to solve it in the future. We need vehicles which can blend-in in any environment, be emission free and practical. Thanks to Oskar Johansen and other designers we can hope for a turn around of the industrialized world we know today. Imagine the benefits of driving the Peugeot 888 like any other sports car on the highway or park it easily in any tight space like a Mini Smart. Surely, there is much to do with the Peugeot 888. Would you want one of your own?
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