Handlebar Bike Lock

Handlebar Bike Lock

Well lookie-here, isn’t this clever? Handlebars is a bike lock built into… you guessed it, the handlebars. Push the handlebars down and pull out to engage the steel cable wires. Although clever, the system doesn’t address the theft of individual bike components when not properly locked down, e.g. wheels.

0 Designer: Bach Nguyen

Hold On to Your Handlebars

Hold On to Your Handlebars

Yet another air compression powered motorbike concept from our fellow Frenchmen. The Saline Bird was designed for the quirky speed record holders, Les Triplettes de Bonneville. The air tanks and other elements are nestled snugly within it’s carbon fiber frame. Riders sit in a skier-like position to minimize air resistance and the optional leather body panel adds a nice aerodynamic finish. I hope that hand-stitched hide is ready for some serious bug gut-splatter.

0 Designers: Various

Le Moto

Le Moto

The Saline Airstream, designed for Les Triplettes de Bonneville, has all the markings of French peculiarity and boldness. The raw, utilitarian, stripped-down appearance has more than a hint of cafe racer. This motorbike certainly showcases the “savoir-faire” of the designers- fingers crossed that the rider has the same know-how.

0 Designers: Vincent Montreuil, Julien Clément, Thomas Duhamel, Benoît Ponton, Pierrick Huart

If Obama Had a Scooter

If Obama Had a Scooter

In response to growing urban environments, the Fuse electric scooter aims to provide quick, sleek transportation while being spatially efficient. This single-person concept reduces the size of the already compact scooter by auto-collapsing vertically in park mode. For public parking the Fuse charges via electromagnetic induction on it’s shared smart-charging mat. Other highlights of the Fuse include a touch-screen display, integrated GPS, and open wireless technology. Not just for Obama, but any young urban professional.

0 Designer: Lance Cassidy

The 999 Lb. Car

The 999 Lb. Car

The MX-0 is Mazda’s aesthetically predatory but eco-gentle entry for the LA Auto Show design challenge. This year’s challenge was to envision an efficient, four-passenger vehicle that also addressed society’s shift toward minimizing consumption of the earth’s resources. With the MX-0, Mazda has met consumer demand without sacrificing style.

0 Designers: Derik Jenkins, Tim Brown, Minyong Lee, Carlos Salaff, Jacques Flynn, Greg Lee, Paul Muzio, Dave Coleman, Julien Montousse for Mazda

Single Motion Folding

Single Motion Folding

Diamove is yet another folding bicycle concept but with its own innovations. It’s an easy folding bike featuring front wheel drive to support better posture. While riding, the weight of your body is totally on the pelvis rather than your wrists and feet. It sports a wheel-in-wheel folding scheme with a “single- motion” swoop. The awesome part is that when folded, it’s just a single wheel body that you need to stack-up in a cozy corner, but don’t call it a unicycle!

0 Designer: David Damshek

Business in the Front, Party in the Back

Business in the Front, Party in the Back

Mercedes and cute are two words that are rarely used in combination, but there’s no denying the cute factor in Mohammad Ghezel’s Mercedes ELA concept for the 2011 Michelin Challenge Design Showcase. The ELA’s lightweight but structurally sound body reflects what could be the future look of HOVs to come. In contrast with it’s bee-like exoskeleton, the interior is intimate for both passenger and driver.

0 Designer: Mohammad Ghezel

A Quad for an Electric Future

A Quad for an Electric Future

I don’t normally think of Quads as appropriate vehicles for the tree hugger but the post fossil fuel revolution is upon us and with that, everything has to change. The QUAD is one such concept that brings recreational vehicles into the electric future. A 48v electric motor powered by 4 750amp batteries provide this vehicle 3 hours of juice between charges which only takes 6-8 hours depending on your voltage.

0 Designer: Facundo Elias

Fast and Furious in 2025

Fast and Furious in 2025

The Aerius concept is a high performance electric vehicle for 2025. The concept combines the performance of race cars with emerging sustainable energy sources and materials. It’s driven by Michelin Active in-wheel electric motors at the rear and on-board electric motors in the front for instantaneous acceleration and agile handling. The aerodynamic body to reduces energy consumption and solar panels re-charge the carbon nanotube super-capacitors to extend its range while emitting zero carbons. Time travel will cost extra.

0 Designer: Pei-Cheng (Patrick) Hsieh

For The Single Person Family

For The Single Person Family

Meet MET, a two-person vehicle for the single person family of the future. The need for massive cars is dwindling so MET was designed to address the social constructs of future families to meet the needs and possibilities of an electric future. Instead of massive and heavy battery backs, the rear wheel is the battery. It can be swapped for a charged one from public stations or home charging units.

0 Design: Kyu-Hyun Lee & Sol Lee

Three Wheelie Urban Pleasure

Three Wheelie Urban Pleasure

The commute of the future is more like a three-wheel thrill ride aptly called ‘Three Wheel Electric Scooter’. The joyride is full of spunk in the looks department with a detachable rechargeable battery pack to the left of the bike, displaying energy levels conspicuously. The magnetic, rubber encased locking cable adds security to the parking system. Moreover the two small front wheels guarantee equilibrium and a glorious ride.

0 Designer: Hyun-Seok Kim

Black and White Hypercar

Black and White Hypercar

The following is an introduction to a conceptual car brand via the brand’s first virtual auto. The name of the brand is Shayton, a word that comes from the Sioux word for falcon (Chayton pronounced Shay-ton.) The car that’s being presented is the Shayton Equilibrium. To describe Shayton as a brand, the Equilibrium is described as the world’s first hyper-car. Because this car aims to display “pure hedonism, perversion on four wheels,” Shayton the brand can be easily seen as a niche brand that wishes to become the top tier.

0 Designer: PROVOCO for Shayton

Pontiac Solstice 2.0?

Pontiac Solstice 2.0?

Never mind that Pontiac is a dead and a defunct company. Designer Dejan Hristov has his vision for the next Solstice and I’m wondering if it could have been enough to save them. Sure, Pontiac’s problems had more to do with GM’s legacy policies but nevertheless I like this car. I always felt Pontiac went out on a good note. The Solstice was a looker (cough – Saturn) but Hristov’s vision is much sharper and far more aggressive. What do you think?

0 Dejan Hristov