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Our Prototypes column introduces new vehicle concepts and presents visuals from designers who illustrate the ideas. Some of them will be extensions of existing concepts, others will be new, some will be production ready, and others really far-fetched.

The concept

The CityJet is a 4WD scooter with a narrow stance designed as an alternative to cars in cities. It would be powered by a compact fuel cell burning clean hydrogen, and it would feature side panels for additional protection from weather and impact.

Images courtesy of Charles Bombardier

The background

In 2013, I worked with Boris Schwarzer on a small, enclosed vehicle concept called the LSV. It was the size of an ATV and envisioned to be ridden legally around the city. The CityJet is a variation of that idea without a closed canopy, so it would also be narrow enough to zip through tighter spots.

How it works

The CityJet looks like a cross between a quad and a scooter. It has an aluminum frame with narrow wheels as it will mostly ride on pavement. The ground clearance would be lowered, along with the seats, in order to reduce the centre of gravity.

The driving position would be similar to a motocross bike. The side panels would slide back to reveal access to the seat. These panels would serve to protect the riders from side impact, rain, or wind. They could also be adjusted to provide an open air feeling by rotating them or using integrated air vents.

CityJet could be used during winter by fitting the wheels with snow tires and using the fuel cell to provide partial heat to the occupants.

The designer

I would like to thank Boris Schwarzer for creating the renderings of the CityJet concept. He is based in Michigan and went to the College of Creative Studies. He also created the images for the Spike commuting car, the Joust personal transporter, and the Urban Link tuk-tuk.

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