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RPMGO Interview: Nicolas Stone, freelance automotive designer

Some time ago we wrote about a very interesting concept car created by Nicolas Stone, a young automotive designer with a lot of talent. Then we had the idea of asking Nicolas for an interview (the first one ever done by us) and ask him a few questions about him and his work, because we really loved it. In the meantime, though he is still looking for his dream job in a large carmaker’s design department, Nicolas has launched his own website (nicstonedesign.com) where he has his portfolio, resume, bio, and a blog where he discusses various ideas and products, explaining what he would do to make them better. He’s also in the process of starting his own company with his business partner called “Element SA”, serving as a design and business consultancy. Their website (elementSA.com) is currently under construction. So, enough talking from us, we’ll let you read more of what Nic told us: (more…)

2020 Hyundai City Car Concept created by Nicolas Stone

Nicolas Stone, a young CCS (College for Creative Studies) graduate decided to show his vision of how eco-friendly cars will look in 2020 and created the Hyundai City Car Concept for his thesis (the project was sponsored by the Korean carmaker). Here’s how Nicolas describes his project:

A plug-in hybrid, designed to offer a new interpretation of a compact car, based on breakthrough technologies recently developed at MIT. The exterior shell is composed of new transparent solar panels that collect ambient light, generating electricity. Utilizing a new energy model, the vehicle is powered by an artificial system of photosynthesis. Functioning just like a plant, all that the vehicle needs is water and sunlight.

I remember when I studied photosynthesis in the 5th grade (I think) and I’m sure that if I would’ve said that this process will sometime be used to power cars, my teacher would’ve flunked me. I don’t know how advanced these technologies are, but just the thought that one day these vehicles will be sold in showrooms, is amazing. As for the design, great job, Nicolas!

Photo Gallery: 2020 Hyundai City Car Concept