Electric vehicles are still haunted by concerns about going the distance on a charge. Maybe this beautiful design for a portable, packable solar pavilion for recharging plug-ins can transform that fear into excitement and pride.
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A team from the Los Angeles-based firm Synthesis Design + Architecture (SDA) created the Pure Tension pavilion concept for a contest held by Volvo Car Italia. Competitors were challenged to come up with an innovative design for a temporary pavilion that would showcase the new Volvo V60 plug-in electric hybrid when on display in Italian squares.
SDA's winning pavilion beat out 150 other entries. The design calls for a lightweight, portable structure composed of tensioned high-density polyethylene mesh embedded with photovoltaic panels and a perimeter ring made of carbon fiber rods. A V60 would plug in directly and charge the battery with energy the pavilion collected over the day. When disassembled, the structure would fit in a tent-sized bag that can be stored in the trunk.