Archive for April 8th, 2011

SKhy Bus – Driverless Hydrogen-powered Bus that Can Also Filter Wastewater

April 8th, 2011

Dubbed SKhy Bus, this vehicle represents a fusion of nature and technology. If built, this eco-friendly bus will be able to considerably cut the pollution level of the environment through its numerous green features.

Designed by Alain Monteiro, the bus is able to process wastewater to create hydrogen that powers the vehicle. It would be interesting to note that wastewater will be 300 percent more effective in producing hydrogen than normal water.

In addition, the SKhy Bus get additional power from solar cells mounted on top of the vehicle and brakes.

The concept also makes use of large air intakes that capture carbon dioxide from the air and filter it, while using the extracted CO2 as a cooling system and fire extinguisher.

The components that SKhy Bus is made of, including seats and aluminum structure, are fully recyclable. According to the designer, the bus can have from 72 to 128 seats, with the number of seats depending on the city in which the bus will run.

One more interesting feature of the vehicle is its windows that can sense heat radiation of the sun and depending on the situation get darker of lighter. Finally the bus will run without driver, being controlled with the help of GPS and sensors.


[via Designboom]

eSpeedster – Eco-friendly Replica of 1957 Porsche Speedster on Sale

April 8th, 2011

A Colorado-based company called Duke’s Garage, decided to add to their collection a new electric conversion vehicle.

It is worth mentioning that the company specializes in restoration of classic vehicles.

The new “old” car is called eSpeedster and it was officially presented at the 2011 Denver Auto Show. Complementing the line of replica cars created by Duke’s Garage, the vehicle is based on the popular 1957 Porsche 356A Speedster.

It would be interesting to note that the car has a 39.2 kW 3-phase AC electric motor. The latter is powered by lithium-ion-phosphate batteries.

The car’s electric motor also gets additional power from regenerative braking. According to the company, its zero-emission vehicle costs just 5 cents per mile to drive.

At the same time the eSpeedster boasts a nice leather interior. Inside you will also be able to discover an iPod-ready stereo and temperature control.

Engineers at Duke’s Garage made their new car available in blue, black, silver, and red. Currently two models are available for sale each with a price tag of just under $50,000.

The eSpeedster can reach a top speed of 90mph and register a range of 110 miles on a full charge. In order to completely recharge the vehicle you will need about 8 hours. More information can be found here.