Posts Tagged ‘urban’

RYNO – Compact, One-Wheeled Self-Balancing Electric Vehicle

November 14th, 2011


RYNO Motors, a company with headquarters in Portland, Oregon, has recently presented an electric vehicle that has just one wheel.

Dubbed RYNO, the vehicle is not meant to replace the motorcycle, though it looks like one. It can reach a top speed of 25 miles per hour (40km/h) and can run on a single charge up to 30 miles (48 km). With its dimensions, the vehicle can be ridden even among pedestrians.

The developers look forward to launching RYNO onto the market, with the target being those who like scooters, meaning small, low cost vehicles that can be easily maneuvered in tight quarters.

The vehicle is equipped with a lithium-iron-phosphate battery pack, which, according to the company, can recharge in just an hour and a half. RYNO is also rather light, weighing 125 pounds (57 kg).

Its turning radius ranges from 0 to 3 feet (0.9 meters). In case the rider tries to exceed the speed or tilt limits, the vehicle’s Auto Balance System will initially signal about it, and then take control of the machine for a short time.

Currently the company is hand-building 50 limited edition pre-production RYNOs. These will be launched onto the market wearing a price tag of $25,000 each. The production model is expected to appear early next year and its price will be around $3,500.

Check out the video below to see the RYNO in motion:

[via RynoMotors]

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.

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]

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]

MiraQua – Ultra-compact, Emissions-free Vehicle

March 31st, 2011

The nice-looking MiraQua is not only a very compact but also represents a zero-emission vehicle.

One of the most interesting things about the concept is the door that is located at the front, allowing the driver to easily enter the car from the front.

The author of MiraQua is Chaoyi Li, a designer from China. The car has the goal of tackling the congestion issues that take place in China and Australia.

In the case the vehicle becomes popular in the two upper mentioned countries it has good chances of going worldwide.

It would be interesting to note that MiraQua has one in-wheel-motor. It also incorporates drive-by-wire-technologies.

Inside, however, there’s little space, with the interior measuring 1.9 x 0.6 meters.

Due to the fact that the whole front section of the vehicle opens up, drivers can put big packages, like bicycles for example, inside the vehicle without any problems.

[via Alternative Energy News]

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

Fast-Charging System that Powers Hybrid, Electric Buses

October 11th, 2010

Most buses today drive on diesel. Opbrid Transporte Sostenible, a company based in Spain, decided to focus on the eco-friendly part and presented its Busbaar charging system that powers buses with renewable energy, allowing them to travel around a city without burning diesel.

The system leverages the fast charge capability of lithium-titanate batteries and employs an end-of-route high-power charging (250 kW) system. This system works without plugging in. » Read more: Fast-Charging System that Powers Hybrid, Electric Buses

AXA – Compact Solar-Powered Concept Car

September 24th, 2010

Designed by Marian, the AXA is an eco-friendly vehicle that is meant to travel across car-stuffed city-streets.

The zero-emission concept has its rooftop covered with solar panels that harness solar energy in order to charge the onboard batteries during sunny days.

Marian thought about designing a vehicle that would be energy efficient, which is why he included LED lights and used lightweight materials. » Read more: AXA – Compact Solar-Powered Concept Car

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