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fuel cell, in-hub electric motors
The Citroen Eco-Luxury Sedan is a creation of Ankit Prashar,
a graduate of Coventry University's Transport Design course.
The concept was Prashar's final year project, and the
design received a commendation at the university's degree
show. Prior to studying at Coventry he attended the first
year at I.E.D. in Turin, Italy.
The idea behind the Eco-Luxury Sedan was to design an
upmarket vehicle which would appeal to buyers in the luxury
car segment, while also looking to sustainable and renewable
technology to make the car more environmentally friendly.
To achieve these goals the Citroen Eco-Luxury Sedan concept
utilizes lightweight materials to improve overall efficiency,
and an electric drivetrain.
The propulsion system of the Eco-Luxury Sedan concept
comprises of a hydrogen fuel cell element which charges
the batteries, which in turn power the in-hub electric
motors. This results in a zero emission vehicle which
has an extended range thanks to both the hydrogen fuel
cell, and photovoltaic panels integrated into the bodywork
just forward of the windscreen.
The interior of the Citroen Eco-Luxury Sedan has a 1+2
seating layout. Prashar states that this format was chosen
due to the fact; "most high-end luxury cars are chauffeur
driven and carry a maximum of 2 passengers on the rear
seat, this seating layout provides better space and luxury
to the rear passengers ensuring immense legroom without
increasing the overall length of the car."
The vehicle also features hub-less wheels at the rear
which means there is no intrusion of the mechanical elements
under the bodywork. This allows the vehicle to have a
flat floor at the rear which further increases the interior
space and versatility.
To create a pleasant and relaxing atmosphere inside the
Citroen Eco-Luxury Sedan, Prashar has designed glass roof
panels which are influenced by the works of French architect,
Jean Nouvel. The texture and pattern on these panels filters
the sunlight and creates unique patterns inside the vehicle
which mimic the effect of sunlight passing through the
branches and leaves of a tree.
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