The fate of the automobile is uncertain, as increasing energy prices and concern about global warming put personal transportation in jeopardy. But what if cars cleaned up the air, rather than pollute it? That’s what the Chevy Era concept does.
Of course, anybody can create a concept car with magical air-cleansing properties, and this concept was sponsored, but not designed by, General Motors. The Chevy Era is actually the brainchild of Yana Briggs, and the 2+2 bubbletop coupe is designed to filter pollutants out of incoming air. How? Don’t worry about it, it is just a concept…and not a bad idea, if only we can get hydrogen powered cars to become affordable and practical. There are solar panels on the concept too, which we’ve seen on other impossible concepts before.
I do like the idea of cars, trucks, and perhaps even airplanes as a sort of mobile air scrubber, though we’d likely benefit just as much from having zero-emissions vehicles in the first place. Could such a concept ever come to fruition? Not bloody likely…but it’s nice to dream sometimes. And aside from the butt, I really dig the aesthetics of the Chevy Era, especially the front fascia and “dripping” lights. Do you guys like it, or is the Era just too fanciful for you?
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. You can read about his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout or follow his non-nonsensical ramblings on Twitter @harshcougar.