31 Mar '14, 7pm

Why a Floating Electric Car Is Not an Ideal Disaster Vehicle

Why a Floating Electric Car Is Not an Ideal Disaster Vehicle

When disasters strike, people are often stranded until specialized transport comes to the rescue. When you think of missions that are deployed after floods, hurricanes and tsunamis, what comes to mind is usually military helicopters, people in small nimble boats, and rugged vehicles. One Japanese company, however, wants to make a 460-kilogram, all-electric, floating car the vehicle of choice in low-lying, flood-prone regions. The car is targeting the Asian market, but the most recent report from the UN’s International Panel on Climate Change found that there are more regions across the globe that face an increasing number of heavy precipitation events. The frequency and intensity of such heavy rain events is likely increasing in North American and Europe, the report notes. While a floating, no-emissions car sounds cool, it is unclear how the vehicle, the Fomm Concept One c...

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