Ekranoto

The Concept

The Ekranoto is a gliding car that can reach speeds of over 300 kph and offers a seamless, comfortable and rapid method of transport.

The Origin

In the future, we think it will be possible to use highways for autonomous electric cars that can fly and glide at over 300 kph. Such cars could also glide over ice or water.

How it Works

The Ekranoto would float on a cushion of air above the pavement like a ground effect vehicle. This concept allows a completely smooth method of transport which would be extremely beneficial to people with disabilities as they would not experience bumps or potholes during transport.

The Ekranoto would be the width of 1.5 or 2 cars, meaning it would take the full space of a two lane highway and have a single side door that could tilt up like a gull wing. Part of the highway could thus be covered in solar panels to act as a green and renewable source of energy and recharge ‘on the fly’ the Ekranoto.

The cockpit would be based on the seating arrangement of a standard car but could be adapted based on customer’s needs. For example, as a method of public transport, the Ekranoto would have long rows of seats for space maximization. Alternatively, the inner cabin may be converted into a high speed ambulance that can care for up to two patients at a time. The air cushion provides completely smooth ride as it essentially acts as a shock absorber on a car.

When moving at slow speeds, the Ekranoto would use wheels which could be lowered or risen up and hidden inside lateral panels. These panels would also be used to keep air from escaping from the side and force it down to create an air cushion.

Acknowledgements

The Ekranoto concept was imagined in February 2019 by Charles Bombardier and designed by Jorge Ciprian, an Industrial Designer from Argentina. Jorge graduated with a degree in design from the University of Buenos Aires, and he currently works as freelance designer. Jorge also created the images of Fountainhead drone parking tower and the Solorocket launch complex.