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Old 12-08-2008, 01:40 PM   #1
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Default Radical Freight*BUS urban concept seeks investors

Hugh Frost wants to make London tranport more efficient and is looking for investors to help make the future look like this bus.

Frost has come up with a whole concept for a city transport system, On-Route, and designed a vehicle called the FreightBUS that will be the centerpiece of the new system.
The FreightBUS will carry both passengers and freight around the city and thereby reduce traffic and emissions by having fewer small delivery vans moving goods around town. The new system will require a new logistics infrastructure, including hubs for loading and unloading freight that is being transported by the FreightBUS.

Frost's bus will also feature advanced technologies. It will run on either batteries or hydrogen fuel-cells and will be designed so that an electric motor propulsion system can be fueled by both. A hybrid-system is also proposed by Frost, with a 2.0 liter LPG (liquefied petroleum gas or "wet" natural gas) engine used to top off the batteries. But Frost's main objective is to have a zero-emissions bus.

A series of distributed wheel motors will power the bus. That is, each wheel will have its own small electric motor to drive it, which Frost claims is about 50 percent more energy efficient than having a central motor power the vehicle. The FreightBUS will be able to hold 150 people, with 52 on ceiling-suspended seats, while carrying a cargo of 35 freight pods (or 35 euro pallets).

Frost is claiming that there currently exists technology that can make possible an 80 percent recharge of the batteries in around one minute. Now, that is a claim one has every right to be skeptical of.

This system is based on a proposal Hugh Frost submitted to Transport for London, a competition held this year by the city looking for a new bus design. Frost didn't win it. But he's hoping to find investors who think it should have.
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Old 12-08-2008, 03:29 PM   #2
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That last picture looks like it would open up and robots would jump outta it. (i, robot) Kinda cool looking though.
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it's too different, therefore, it won't happen.
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Old 12-08-2008, 04:21 PM   #4
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it's too different, therefore, it won't happen.
exactly what i was thinking... conventionalists will hate.
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Old 12-08-2008, 04:48 PM   #5
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concepts and CGI rendering are cheap. viable business plans, venture capital, and the political wherewithal to get anything done aren't as cheap. wake me up when the latter are demonstrated.
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Old 12-08-2008, 05:32 PM   #6
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Old 12-09-2008, 12:19 PM   #10
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Well, as the mayor said on Top Gear, they ARE getting rid of the bendi-busses.

Anyway, that bus looks alright enough that I would ride it...and I can't stand riding on the bus. I'm not too sure how feasible the whole cargo-and-passengers thing would be, since cargo rarely goes where people go. But, who knows.

With recent developments in so-called supercapacitors, it's possible to capture more of the energy wasted in regenerative brake systems...because you can't charge a battery fast enough. I suppose you could capture to the capacitor and trickle charge to the battery. Who knows. Good to be doing research & development though.
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