Come spring, and Burbank city will have zero emission buses running on the streets. The hydrogen powered bus will be on test in the city, and will go into regular service if the results are encouraging. The zero emission bus relies on fuel cells for power, can carry 67 passengers and is quiet in operation; no loud engine noises here.
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At the Royal College of Art (RCA) exhibition in London, designers are showcasing the ambulances of the future. The ‘Healthcare on the Move’ exhibition features concept models for the futuristic ambulances. These concepts have been designed by students (Masters in vehicle design) at the RCA. Their main aim was to integrate all the technology required to suit the specialized training of mobile healthcare professionals. The concepts include off-road vehicles that double as semi-permanent treatment rooms and full-blown mobile clinics. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights from the exhibition.
Eco Factor: Zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell buses.
Three years after introducing its first fuel cell bus, Hyundai Motor Co. has recently launched the next-gen fuel-cell buses, which with added technology and engine refinement are much better than their old buses. The company claims that with a better engine, the buses plying on fixed routes need at most two fueling stations, one at each terminus, which is easy to build and is cost-effective as well.
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Eco Factor: Concept bus powered by electric engine.
Being the world leader in population and the fastest emerging market in the world, China needs fast and green transportation facilities that could carry much more that what normal facilities are designed for. Industrial designer Xiao-Fang Shen has designed a green ride for the urban population of China. Transalon, as the bus has been named, runs on clean electricity.
Eco Factor: Concept bus designed to run on hydrogen and electricity.
Increase in population means more need for transportation mediums and that will result in large number of cars and extra energy consumption. With biggest population, China must be the most worried Country about the increasing need of energy sources. Along with emission problem traffic problem will make it more complex to deal with urban conditions. Therefore, Chinese cities are looking for some clean and high efficiency transportation mediums. Natural transportation force (NTF) concept design might provide some help in solving all problems discussed above.NFT borrows its design from Chinese Gallery Bridge that will be a sort of mobile public place where people would be able to communicate and share their feelings with each other.