A floating electric car for flash-flood zones BBC
Hideo Tsurumaki was there in 2011 when a tsunami devastated his hometown in the Shizuoka Prefecture of Japan. With this disaster as his inspiration, the designer, who started his career at Suzuki Motor, set about creating a car that could carry its occupants to safety in the event of sudden flooding. The fruit of his labour, the Fomm Concept One, is a four-seat electric car that floats. A personal watercraft-style handlebar controls acceleration, braking and steering, and when afloat, a “water-jet generator” provides propulsion. Despite its seaworthiness, the Concept One is not a true amphibious vehicle. Tsurumaki insists that the car is good for “one disaster event” before requiring maintenance. The company expects to commence production of the Concept One in Thailand by September 2015, priced at about $9,000.