Increasing number of personal vehicles is not only stranding the urban roads with messy jams, but they are posing a serious threat to the environment as well. To encourage more and more people to use public transportation, British designer Tiffany Roddis has developed a new, attractive and environmentally friendly bus stop called the “Ecoshel” that helps in reducing the impact of carbon emissions from transportation. Integrating solar panels, electric generators and pressure pads to reproduce its own electricity and heat, the sustainable bus stop only uses those materials that can be reused or recycled without leaving any carbon footprint.
The next generation of concept artists is paying tribute to the master, Syd Mead, who reinvented cars and city living in his work on Blade Runner, Tron and other films. Here are our favorite entries from CGSociety’s Syd Mead contest.
The Eco Taxi by Studio Slava Saakyan is a project to create a zero-emission all-electric taxi that can reduce pollution in the atmosphere, making cities more healthy and pleasant. With an aim to improve the urban environment, the ECO TAXI-minivan can be used as a shuttle bus, school van, delivery van, distribution van and a taxi as well.
An entry at Michelin Challenge Design 2010, the “Biway” by designers Aleshina Ekaterina and Kamyshev Vitaly is an all-electric public transportation, which makes commutation safer and greener in urban environments. The zero-emission public transportation is essentially an all-electric bus to run on city roads, which combines to form a train transport to move on a fiber freeway. The Biway revitalizes its onboard battery while moving on the fiber freeway. In addition, passengers can switch the buses without wasting any time and effort in finding one to their destination.
This Solar Electric Vehicle developed by SEVC used for Chicago Botanic Garden as part of the opening of the Garden’s Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center.the features of Solar Electric Vehicle consist of six 8V batteries,The panel produces up to 180 watts @ 60 volts, so a 3 amp continuous charge is produced from the panel when exposed to direct sunlight.