TAG: Transportation

Traffic Lights With Energy Saving Designs

Solar powered lights are on the rise, and traffic lights are increasingly switching to LED and solar designs. New strategies in operating traffic and pedestrian routes offer energy efficiency and dependability. Many transportation departments have already made the switch to LED (Light Emitting Diodes) traffic lighting. LED lights, compared to the previously used versions, are more energy efficient and economical. One group of researchers set out to solve the issue of wasted and unwanted light from streetlights. They designed a suggested solution that forces the light to shine only where it is intended. Many streetlights still get their glow from… read more

Foldable Electric Scooter is Small Enough to Take Anywhere

Foldable scooter

For the ultimate in city commuting, a prototype electric scooter that folds up into the size of a small suitcase might be the just the ticket. For a greener commute, many people are starting to choose bicycles and public transport when traveling within the city, while electric alternatives, such as the Segway, haven’t seen very wide adoption yet. But if a new personal electric scooter, the MUV-e, goes from prototype to production, that could very well change. One of the drawbacks to the Segway models, other than the high price and the need to learn how to ride one, is… read more

Ridekick Trailer Converts Any Bicycle into an E-Bike

Ridekick

If you’ve already got a great bike that you love, but you also want the benefits of an electric bike, a new kind of bicycle trailer might be able to give you a boost when you need it. Converting a conventional bicycle to an electric bike isn’t simple or easy, and most of the time, people just end up buying an e-bike instead. But with the Ridekick, any bike can become an electric bike, just by attaching the trailer to the frame of your favorite bike. The Ridekick trailer has an electric-assist 500 W motor and 12 Amp-hour battery pack… read more

Solar-Pedal Hybrid Transforms Urban Transport

ELF Solar/Pedal Hybrid

With rising fuel prices and increased concern about reducing emissions, greener vehicles are getting a lot of attention right now, but most of them are conventional autos with hybrid systems, or small fuel-efficient engines, all of which are expensive to own and operate. If you need an affordable and efficient urban vehicle that is also powered by renewable energy, a new type of hybrid is hitting the market soon – a solar/pedal hybrid, called the ELF. The ELF, from Organic Transport, is a unique three-wheeled urban commuter vehicle with an integrated 60 W solar panel system for recharging the internal… read more

Three-Wheeled Human/Electric Vehicle: Twike

Twike

When most electric vehicles have a low charge, there isn’t really another option other than plugging it in and giving it a charge, which means waiting while it charges. But if you drive a Twike, you can still get where you’re going. Combining two of the most efficient modes of locomotion, Twike offers a two-seater electric vehicle with a 200 km range that can also be pedaled like a bicycle. When the Li-ion batteries are low or discharged, the driver can power the aerodynamic vehicle with their own muscles, extending the range and avoiding the inconvenience of being stuck somewhere… read more

Toyota’s Three-Wheeled Electric Concept Vehicle

i-ROAD concept vehicle

The divide between electric sedans and electric motorcycles might get a bit more crowded if Toyota pursues their new electric concept vehicle, the i-ROAD. Debuting at the Geneva Motor Show, the i-ROAD promises to offer the best of both worlds for city transport. With tandem seating and an enclosed cabin, it’s so much more than a scooter, yet it’s still small enough to maneuver through traffic with ease and park just about anywhere. With a three meter turning radius, and measuring just 850mm wide, this “personal mobility vehicle” (PMV) is fully electric, easy to drive, and could be the perfect… read more

Electric Energy Unicycle

SBU V3 self balancing unicycle

The Self Balancing Unicycle (SBU) V3 is total precision, crafted by hand with 6061 alloy. SBU is ultra-portable and is capable of 325-lb loads. This unicycle is powered by a lithium iron phosphate battery pack that offers a city ride time of up to two hours, or one can go at what’s described as a nonstop sprint for up to an hour. Its 1000-watt BLDC electric motor can propel one from 0 to 10 MPH in about three seconds, and the SBU V3 has a top speed of around 15 MPH. The SBU’s portability and weight of 27lbs makes it… read more

Human Powered Taxis

velotaxi

Bicycling is a well established form of solitary transportation (excluding tandem bikes), but what if human powered vehicles became a mainstream form of public transportation? Whether that day will come to fruition within our lifetime or not, the vision has already been set in motion as, in 1997, the first Velotaxi was authorized to operate in Berlin. Velotaxis are human powered taxi cabs of aerodynamic design that allow passengers to travel anywhere within a city without the use of fuel. To companies, Velotaxis also function as mobile advertisements, as cabs are decked out to match the current product or campaign… read more

Driverless Cars On The Way

Driverless Cars

A few weeks ago, California became the second state behind Nevada to legalize driverless cars. While this has virtually no present day effect, in the future, car manufacturers who plan on integrating this technology into their products will depend on this law. And the fact that two very large states are willing to plan for the future is great for the tech industry as a whole. Currently, our best hope as consumers to one day purchase an automatic car rests with Google Inc, who have been street testing their small fleet of driverless cars for the past year in Nevada…. read more