Archive for the ‘Urban Vehicle’ category

Sealander – Camping Trailer that Doubles as Electric Boat

September 15th, 2011

This invention was designed and constructed by an industrial designer from Germany. Daniel Straub named his amphibious camping trailer Sealander. The 2-in-1 smart vehicle represents a mix an electric boat and camping trailer.

The concept has already been brought to life and tested. Currently Sealander is being prepared for launch onto the market.

It would be interesting to note that the vehicle can be used to navigate on shallow waters. Its casing is made of fiberglass reinforced plastic enriched with a double bottom in order to prevent sinking if leakage happens.
The Sealander runs on a 5 horsepower electric motor that can also play the role of a source of power for on-board devices. In addition, the vehicle features a removable roof. Once launched, the customers will be able to select from a number of modules.

The standard module will include cooking-washing module, a cooler, heater, table and 2 benches. The latter can be converted to make the deck area more spacious. The Porta Potty-style toilet in such model will be optional. The client will also be able to choose the colors and inside materials.

The Sealander is 389 cm (12.8ft) in length, 160 cm (5.25 ft) wide and 185 cm (6 ft) high and has a weigh of 380 kg (838 lbs). The product page says that the vehicle doesn’t need any special license to sail it in Germany. It is expected to wear a price tag of EUR15,000 ($20,500) with shipping scheduled to start in early 2012.

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]

China’s BYD to Launch the World’s Largest Fleet of Electric Buses

May 18th, 2011

The Chinese car-making company BYD has signed a contract to manufacture over 300 electric buses. Dubbed eBus-12, the vehicle represents another step of PRC to becoming greener.

It is worth mentioning that the fleet of all-electric buses will be launched for the 2011 International Universiade Games that will take place in Shenzhen.

One of the most impressive advantages of the bus is its ability to register a long range of 250 kilometers on a single charge. This has become possible due to a high quality Fe battery apparatus with environmentally-friendly rechargeable system. Despite the fact that the battery allows the vehicle to travel almost 250 kilometers per charge, with the fast recharge mechanism used in the vehicle’s battery it takes about 30 minutes to achieve 50 percent state of charge.

It’s for the first time that BYD has been given the task to create eco-friendly buses. It would be interesting to note that BYD is China’s leading company that specializes in high performance eco-friendly rechargeable batteries and other green technologies.

As soon as the buses become part of the transportation system of Shenzhen, it will become the largest fleet of electric buses in the world.

In order to create a pure electric vehicle, BYD decide to use in-wheel motor drive system along with Iron Phospate (Fe) Battery technology.

Besides, by using axle-free drive system, the company managed to create more rider-friendly buses that have their floors much lower compared to traditional buses.

Because the air-conditioning system requires a lot of energy, the company decided to equip its buses with solar panels mounted on the roof. The power collected by these solar panels is stored in the Fe Battery.

[via BusinessWire]

General Motors Works on Compact EV that Can Communicate with Other Cars

December 8th, 2010

General Motors is working on a two-seat eco-friendly vehicle that would suit people who are not fond of car-stuffed cities.

Due to the car’s compact size it can easily fit in narrow traffic spaces. GM named its new vehicle EN-V (also called “envy”). In fact the three letters in the name stand for Electric Networked Vehicle.

The main customers are expected to be the citizens of megapolises such as Shanghai or Beijing. » Read more: General Motors Works on Compact EV that Can Communicate with Other Cars

X-Frame – Electric Vehicle That Easily Folds for Storage

September 2nd, 2010

This rather odd vehicle has been recently unveiled at the Good Design Expo 2010.

The prototype, dubbed X-Frame, is a revolutionary folding vehicle that can push the boundaries of urban mobility to a new extent.

It commercially launched, the vehicle may as well replace the motorcycle.

It is worth mentioning that the X-Frame was developed by engineers from the Nagoya Institute of Technology. » Read more: X-Frame – Electric Vehicle That Easily Folds for Storage

Compact SimplyCity EV for Eco-Conscious Drivers

August 19th, 2010

This electric vehicle, called SimplyCity, was created using recycled or recyclable materials such as hemp fiber and wood.

These materials are lightweight and they reduce the overall weight of the car by approximately 30 percent.

The vehicle is powered by an electric motor.

The main goal of the engineers was to create a car that could boast low carbon emissions and low operating costs. » Read more: Compact SimplyCity EV for Eco-Conscious Drivers

Human-Electric Hybrid Vehicle to Be Commercially Available in 2011

August 18th, 2010

Professor Charles Samuel Greenwood is the one who developed the human-electric hybrid vehicle called “Imagine PS” (PS stands for power station), which is expected to be commercially available in 2011.

The car will be able to reach a top speed of 100km/h (60mph) on the flat and up to 50km/h uphill.

It is worth mentioning that the entire low-mass vehicle was made by hand. For over 40 years Mr. Greenwood has been working on vehicles that could be powered by humans and finally managed to create a street legal sedan model that can carry 4 passengers. » Read more: Human-Electric Hybrid Vehicle to Be Commercially Available in 2011

Blacktrail from PG Bikes is the Fastest Electric Bicycle in the World

July 19th, 2010

Although bicycles are probably the most eco-friendly transportation from them all, their biggest drawback is the speed.

PG Bikes is a bicycle manufacturer based in Germany that managed to come up with an electric bicycle, called Blacktrail.

The most interesting fact about the electric bike from the German company is that it is considered to be the fastest bike in the world, being able to reach a top speed of 100km/h.

The bike weights only 19.8 kilograms and is made using a number of advanced materials, including carbon, magnesium and titanium. » Read more: Blacktrail from PG Bikes is the Fastest Electric Bicycle in the World

Renault-Nissan and Bajaj Auto to Launch Eco-Friendly $3,000 Vehicle

July 13th, 2010

Having the goal of creating a cost-friendly energy-efficient vehicle, the Renault-Nissan Alliance teamed up with India’s Bajaj Auto and managed to come up with a car called ULC.

The new, compact, eco-friendly vehicle costs just $3,000 and it is able to reach an inspiring 70mpg.

It is worth mentioning that Bajaj Auto is the second-largest bike producer in India and the Renault-Nissan Alliance has been cooperating with the Indian company for about 2 years. » Read more: Renault-Nissan and Bajaj Auto to Launch Eco-Friendly $3,000 Vehicle

T.25 City Car – More Efficiency and Safety, and Less Weight

June 29th, 2010

A British car design company called Gordon Murray Design Limited, based in Shalford, recently unveiled its eco-friendly vehicle entitled T.25.

The presentation took place at Oxford University and was a part of the Smith School’s World Forum on Enterprise and the Environment.

The new vehicle is a huge step forward in the field of city car design, being extremely lightweight, efficient and safe. The 660cc three-cylinder engine installed in the rear registers 51bhp and 42lb.ft of torque. It also emits only 86g/km of carbon dioxide and returns 74mpg on the combined cycle. » Read more: T.25 City Car – More Efficiency and Safety, and Less Weight