Every high school biology student learns about photosynthesis, a complex process that plants undertake to convert harmful carbon dioxide into oxygen (among other things). What these biology students may not be learning is how this process could be harnessed to power a vehicle. If you thought electric vehicles were a better choice for the environment, how about a photosynthesizing car? The Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) just revealed its new concept, the YeZ, which uses photosynthesis as its inspiration.

SAIC revealed the YeZ Concept Car at the Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China. The concept vehicle captures the power of the sun through the roof and then uses that energy to power the vehicle while at the same time each wheel would be equipped with a rotating rotor that generates wind power. The body of the car, itself, is also functional.

The body “is made of a metal-organic framework that can apparently absorb carbon dioxide and water molecules from the air. Through the series of chemical reactions, energy is generated, which is then stored in the car's lithium-ion batteries.” Source: Crave

This concept car is the work of a partnership between Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp, General Motors and Volkswagen. General Motors also has a trio of futuristic eco-friendly vehicles on display at the Expo 2010 in Shanghai.