Archive for July, 2011

Eco-Friendly Bus Carrying Bikes to Help Tourists Explore Seoul

July 26th, 2011


Kukil Han, a talented designer from Seoul has recently posted his latest design of a solar-powered bus called Bike Guide. The vehicle will transport people around the capital of South Korea eco-friendly style.

The concept is very impressive and could really be brought to life and become rather useful in European cities as well.

The designer’s idea was that tourists visiting Seoul can sign up for a tour around the city at any kiosk mounted in the area. The stations include maps with stops along the route so passengers would be able to pre-pay for the service. The payment is made via a touchscreen device.

The eco-friendly bus with several bikes attached to it features solar panels mounted on the roof. At each stop the bus detaches bikes so people could explore the city on their own. After returning to the bus, passengers attach the bikes back and wait until the vehicle reaches the next location.

While riding the bus, people can watch a television that says about the next point that tourists may consider exploring. The same information is provided when people use the bicycles. A small display mounted on the handlebar of the bike provides data on the time of departure, GPS navigation, historical facts and more.

Watch the video below to get a clearer picture of the whole concept.

[via Treehugger]

Orphiro to Launch a Beautiful Electric Motorcycle

July 15th, 2011


With an increasing popularity of green vehicle it is our pleasure to review this beautiful electric motorcycle, which boasts not only high efficiency but also quietness and of course a great design.

The Dutch company called Orphiro is the author of this magnificent concept, drawing inspiration from classic bobber styling.

The company’s motorcycle feature lithium ion batteries and a motor that generates 72 volts.

This electric bike is able to reach a top speed of 75 miles per hour and register a range of 60 miles on a single charge.

It is expected to be launched onto the market in September of this year.

[via Orphiro]

SoloTrek Engineers to Create a Multi-Passenger Hybrid Air Vehicle

July 7th, 2011

A team of engineers headed by aircraft engineers Michael Moshier and Robert Bulaga is looking forward to building a multi-passenger, fuel-electric hybrid air vehicle.

The car will be the second and improved model of Vertical Take-Off-and-Landing (VTOL) single passenger vehicle, which the team named SoloTrek XFV.

The latest development will be based on the same duct-fan technology that the engineers used in SoloTrek. Currently the team is searching for someone to fund their project.

The previous $5-million project was funded by DARPA. The SoloTrek air vehicle was highly appreciated by aircraft enthusiasts. It also received the Invention of the Year award from Popular Science.

The latest project is expected to be very helpful to the police, during recue operations and for medical aids, where it could help people during different natural disasters.

In addition, Moshier says that their hybrid air vehicle could be widely used for everyday commutation purposes in poor countries, where infrastructure is a very low level. People in developed countries could use the vehicle to escape car-stuffed megapolises.

[via EarthTechling]

CAT – Aquatic Vehicle from Cal Craven

July 4th, 2011

Designer Cal Craven has recently unveiled its latest concept – an aquatic car.

The vehicle is probably designed for a world where waterways replaced roads and people drive personal boats and not road cars.

The designer called his concept the CAT (short for City Aquatic Transportation).

In today’s world this vehicle can be used by people living in an urban setting by the seaside.

The CAT has a lot of windows so the travelers could observe the surrounding views.

[via Yanko Design]

Toyota Unveils Its New GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept II

July 4th, 2011

The Japanese carmaker Toyota has recently unveiled its brand new vehicle that boasts a very appealing design.

Dubbed GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept II, the vehicle was officially presented at the 39th Nürburgring 24-hour endurance race. The race took place near Nürburg, Germany.

It is worth mentioning that the car represents a modified version of the first Toyota hybrid sports car known as the Toyota MR2, which was presented in 2010 at the Tokyo Auto Salon.

The GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept II has good chances of becoming the company’s first marketed hybrid sports vehicle.

The car has a 3.5 liter V6 engine able to generate 295 horsepower and reach acceleration from 0 to 60mph in 6 seconds.

The name of the car comes as a tribute to Hiromu Naruse, a Toyota driver who passed away as a result of a crash in 2010. The abbreviation GRMN means GAZOO Racing tuned by Meister of Nürburgring (the title refers to Naruse).



[via Automotive News]