One of the biggest concerns surrounding climate change are rising ocean levels and increasingly catastrophic storm events that leads to major flooding. Flooded disaster areas can be all but unreachable via conventional vehicles, even if they happen to have access to hard-to-find fuel.
While one may not think electric cars and water would mix well, the designers being the FOMM Concept One thinks its tiny, four-person EV could provide life-saving assistance, flooding be damned. Weighing in at just 1,104 lbs, the FOMM Concept One uses two electric motors making a total of just 12 horsepower but over 400 lb-ft of torque, and a “water-jet generator” allows the operator a minimal amount of maneuverability in deep water. While not quite an amphibian,it is watertight enough to survive the kind of soaking that would seize up a conventional engine.
FOMM forgoes a traditional steering wheel for a motorcycle handlebar style setup, and traditional doors are replaced with sliding doors that allow access even in extremely tight areas. There is seating for up to four people, or two people and some cargo, though there’s nothing one could call an actual cargo area. It’s less “rescue” vehicle and more of a “Let’s get the hell outta here” type of transportation.
There are more benefits to EVs in disaster areas than just being waterproof though. Getting gasoline to hard-hit areas can be all but impossible when roads are washed out, but the combination of electric cars and solar panels makes filling-up a lot easier. The quiet operation of EVs also could allow rescuers to better hear those in need of help.
Though the FOMM Concept One is just that, a concept, it’s another example of how electric vehicles could benefit first responders to disaster areas.