The Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) in partnership with the General Motors and Volkswagen has unveiled an eco-friendly concept, christened YeZ, at the Shangai Expo 2010. YeZ is a concept car with a two-seater and does not hold any space for luggage. This concept car has been designed to photosynthesize carbon dioxide from the air and gives out oxygen and acts like a plant.
The car would be built to make effective this process with the help of state-of-art solar panels on the roof. As per the concept, it has been equipped with small window turbines in the wheels that help in wind power conversion. The absorption and conversion of the carbon dioxide is done through its bodywork.
Made of metal-organic framework that can absorb carbon dioxide and water molecules from the air, the car not only makes use of photosynthesis for power generation but also be able to utilize wind power. The energy generated from the chemical reactions is stored in the car’s lithium ion batteries.
It would take at least 20 years to bring the car into reality. The car is named YeZ, which is pronounced as yea-zi, which means leaf in Mandarin. This electric car will work during both sunny and overcast days while also being able to influence wind power and also enables mobility with zero greenhouse gas emissions. The construction of such cars offers us an insight into what we can do to the natural environment to help reduce pollution of the environment.
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