Vw Aqua Concept is a stylish hovercraft

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 4, 2012

This is the Volkswagen Aqua Concept, a vehicle designed by Chinese student Yuhan Zgang. As you can see from the photos, the concept is quite unusual and represents a futuristic all-terrain hovercraft (ACV – Air Cushion Vehicle) and it is powered by Hydrogen and propelled by impellers. For those who don’t know, the project was presented at the CDN Car Design Awards and was developed as an off-road vehicle targeted to Chinese customers.

Apparently, the hovercraft is the perfect solution seen by the designer capable to travel over land, ice but also water and it is suitable for China’s wide landform range of wetlands. We have to admit that the design is quite interesting, but the most interesting thing is the door (hatch) that is located on the back of the concept.

The Vw Aqua features several engines, but the main one drives the fan or impeller found under the chases which is responsible for lifting the vehicle by forcing high pressure air under the craft.

This air inflates the skirt found under the vehicle and makes the vehicle rise above the surface. Additional engine are used to propel the craft.

If you don't like the Aqua take a look at VW NILS Concept

Though the Volkswagen NILS is scheduled to officially make its debut during the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, the brand decided to unveil it earlier and thus gave a peek to what the future of minimalist mobility is. This single-seat concept car has its wing doors, space frame, and even free-standing wheels made of aluminum.

Even then it displays the performance typically seen in a sports car and since it is an electric vehicle, it does not make noise and has zero emissions. Maximum speed of the NILS is at 80 mph (130 km/h) with range going as far as 40 miles (65 kilometers), making it ideal for many German commuters.

In a study done by the German Bureau of Statistics of the commuters who lived between Munich and Berlin, 73.9% of them travelled less than 15.5 miles (25 kilometers) when going to work. The NILS was designed to be a vehicle that is economically supportable while at the same time technically realistic. Additionally, the project itself was supported by none other than the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development.

According to Head of Volkswagen Group Research Prof. Dr. Jürgen Leohold, the NILS shows the future considering that the objective of this project was to come up with a concept vehicle that is economically feasible and technically realistic. He added that the goal was to have a minimalist commuter vehicle wherein due to the use of an electric drive, personal transportation was both environment-friendly and efficient.

Meanwhile Group Chief Officer for Electric Traction Dr. Rudolf Krebs revealed that on a strategic viewpoint, these forward-thinking concepts are expected to have a significant role in the Group’s plan when it comes to electric mobility.

Breakthroughs in electric mobility generally result to new requirements for vehicles, a number of which are focused to specific target groups, he continued. In moving forward electric mobility to high-volume production, electrifying current vehicle models will not be enough, added Dr. Krebs.

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