Designed by Matthieu Tarrit, Charles Zamolo and Hugo Cerf, the Polar Vehicle is a prospective project realized in association with an NGO named International Polar Foundation. The vehicle was designed to adapt itself to the surroundings and the needs of the scientists researching in hard-to-live places such as Antarctica.
The front of the Polar Vehicle is the truck tractor, while its center is the where all the controls rest. The vehicle was conceived to solve two main purposes – make the scientists travel with easy on the harsh terrain and secondly serve as a base camp with all amenities.
In the base camp mode, the vehicle arranges itself in the form of a star that allows it to save all the heat and solar energy that falls on the roof of the vehicle. The energy for movement and to power the onboard systems comes from a fuel cell that combines oxygen and hydrogen to produce electricity for the four electric motors.
The modular vehicle can be dismantled and reconfigured in a unique arrangement that makes it possible to use the vehicle in different places. The vehicle can be completely dismantled and stored in shipping containers for easy transport.