Nyx Concept by Elizabeth Pinder
Many hydrogen powered vehicles have come before Nyx, yet they have failed to catch on. This is in part due to a lack of infrastructure and a fear amongst the general public of the dangers associated with hydrogen usage as a fuel - images of the Hindenburg disaster come to mind.
An ever increasing city size means a longer commute for suburban dwellers. As public transport, such as the Metro, is often devoid of comfort and personal space, a personal vehicle that offers both without pumping out Co2 or burdening the already-stretched electric charging system that Paris currently has in place, would be ideal for disgruntled commuters.
The vehicle's flowing lines and narrow body allows it to break traditional ideals regarding aggression in both design and driving style. This makes way for a more relaxed approach to driving, which will in turn encourage other road users' behavior and driving style to follow suit.
Nyx is an indulgence. It is a privately owned vehicle in a city that is ever more reliant on public transport. However, other than the space it would take up on the road, Nyx is a totally guilt-free vehicle to drive. Using a mixture of innovative technologies and applications, it is a 100% clean vehicle. With large daylight openings, it shies away from the cocooning effect many interiors impose and lets the occupant connect with the passing world, while also being separate from it.
The main styling influence was that of a water droplet, taking away the negative imaginings of Hydrogen related disasters and replacing them with soothing imagery while reinforcing the ecologically clean nature of the vehicle.
Nyx does away with traditional storage gas cylinders for hydrogen and instead splits collected rain water (stored within glass tubules of the interior structure) into hydrogen and oxygen via a catalyst currently in development at MIT. This, partnered with sunlight collected in especially designed water prisms, lowers the solar energy required to split the water into its constituent parts. The hydrogen is not stored, rather injected into the fuel cell immediately to generate electricity. The energy is therefore stored only as electricity or potential energy as water and sunlight. The vehicle is not powered by water, it merely acts as a conveyor of energy much like a wire in an electrical circuit. This does away with the issues of tank apprehension and hydrogen drainage, as well as the need for considerate infrastructure change.
In a nutshell, Nyx is a little pocket of peace in which to recover from the stresses of everyday life.
Source: Elizabeth Pinder