EcoFactor: Three different concept designs for future buses that aim toward a better public transport system along with incorporation of green features. The Altcar Expo 2008 has revealed some pretty interesting designs when it comes to public transportation and city buses. The Bus of the Future contest is a part of the Expo and asks designers to present their concept “Big Blue Bus” for the streets of Santa Monica. The three models that have been picked as the finalists in the contest look pretty similar yet are very different. The Icon Bus designed by Gabriel Wartofsky draws its inspiration from the famous double-decker buses of London. The design has incorporated green features such as positive emissions and use of sequestered CO2. It also has plenty of window space for the view that the city offers.
Dutch working on superbus – aerodynamic bus that can also be a high speed train It is an electric bus designed to be able to switch seamlessly between ordinary roads and dedicated “supertracks”, on which it can reach speeds of 250kph (155mph). It could thus present an alternative to much more expensive magnetic-levitation trains. It is as wide and long as a standard city bus, the Superbus is only 1.7 metres high, or roughly the same height as a sports-utility vehicle. There is no middle aisle. The low-riding Superbus, in contrast, has a separate door for each of its 30-odd seats. The individual doors also allow for rapid loading and unloading of passengers