The Antro Solo Car
With Solar Panels, People Power and its From Hungary
About 15 years ago, the streets of Budapest were still lined with Trabants and Ladas-an homage to their Soviet past. Today, there are fewer of these compressed cardboard cars that took years off one’s life. The future might look a bit different though.
A few weeks ago, the Antro Solo was unveiled at the Budapest Museum of Transport. The car is a gas-electric hybrid, with top speeds of 87 mph and solar panels on the roof that store energy in the car’s battery for short trips of 15-25km. And the best part, each of the three seats has pedals that also charge the car’s battery. These people apparently are used to Budapest traffic, so they figure they might as well get some exercise in there.
I love this car. But we have decided that it looks like a small dust-buster. Soon enough they will all look like this though! The Antro Solo is set to be on the market in 2012 for about $20,000. This car and I share a mother-country, so when I go there this August, I will be certain to check out the museum and get the beat from the street on whether this thing is a go.