10 Innovative Vehicles and Personal Transports 2019 – 2020


No one dare say that man’s creativity has
been dulled by the lure of easy living in this post-industrial age. With ever-smarter
computers and AI helping along the way, the wild ideas of the past are becoming reality.
Hello, I’m Glenn and let’s talk about innovation in the area of transportation. I’ll share
some fantastic new products which demonstrate the human spirit of innovative creativity. Number Ten Skai, developed by Alaka’i Technologies
in Massachusetts, is a radical air mobility system that may become the Uber of the sky.
It is the first hydrogen-powered electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicle.
They say they have a prototype five-seater multi-copter taxi capable of a 400-mile range.
Its air taxis will cost the same per mile as taking an Uber, using a clean energy source.
The air taxi can carry up to a thousand pounds and travel at 118 miles per hour, with fly-by-light
fiber Optics based controls for EMI and lightning protection. Number Nine The radical-looking vehicle, the Eximus IV,
developed by Dalarna University and Chalmers Technical University in Sweden has delivered
an energy efficiency world record. It won the “Delsbo Electric 2019”, a competition
where students build battery-powered rail vehicles to compete in energy efficiency.
The new world record for energy efficiency means you can travel about 46 miles on the
energy that’s contained in a teaspoon of gasoline, and it’s likely the most energy-efficient
transportation of a person ever. Eximus IV, a person could travel the distance between
Stockholm and Buenos Aires using less than one liter of gasoline. The contest takes place
on rails, to minimize rolling resistance, and requires contestants to drive just over
2 miles carrying six passengers. Alarna University has a unique take on the design process. Students
must build a brand-new vehicle each year, and they are only allowed to examine previous
year’s vehicles after they have created a concept of their own. Number Eight Say goodbye to the heavy bulky Lithium-Ion
battery packs on Ebikes. Now a French Company, Pragma Industries early this year showed the
world’s first commercial-grade electrically assisted bike powered by OCS fuel cell technology
at CES 2019. Inventors say the fuel cell and hydrogen storage integrated inside the Alpha
delivers an unrivaled range of 93 miles on a single charge and can release its hydrogen
in about 2 minutes. A new-and-improved Alpha Bike was unveiled this past August at the
G7 World Summit in Biarritz, France. The Alpha provides constant range and performance in
any weather condition. Pragma Industries along with Ergosup and H2Tec Consortium showed the
bike at CES 2019 and was an Innovation Awards Honoree. It is some slick-looking Ebike, I
want one! I’m Allie and this is Mind’s Eye Trivia
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Leave the correct answer or your best guess in the comment section below. Number Seven Here’s a practical idea from Japan, equipping
hybrid cars with solar panels! In July NEDO, Sharp Corporation, and Toyota Motor Corporation
announced a plan to begin public road trials to assess improvements in cruising range and
fuel efficiency of electrified vehicles equipped with high-efficiency solar panels. The new
Prius models will have solar panels built by Sharp, thin films that are around 1-100th
of an inch thick. While they won’t supply all the car’s energy, the solar panels could
ease electric vehicles driving range anxiety, and can charge while the car is being driven. Number Six Here’s putting the power where the watts
are! The world’s first full-size electric port tugboat will soon be on duty at New Zealand’s
Ports of Auckland. The Damen RSD (or Reversed Stern Drive) E-Tug has been purchased from
the Damen Shipyards Group in the Netherlands. The E-Tug will likely keep up with the port’s
best diesel tug but will do so without the harmful diesel smoke. The tug is expected
to be delivered in 2021. The battery-electric tug will be 81 feet long, able to move at
nearly 15 miles per hour, have two azimuth thrusters with 9.8 ft diameter props and will
be able to move three to four ships per charge of its 2,800 kWh batteries, or three to four
hours of operation. A fast charge is expected to take around two hours. The initial cost
is reported to be roughly double that of a diesel tug but will cost less to operate and
maintain. Number Five Need your snow groomed in an earth-friendly
way? Try the emission-free PistenBully 100-E Snow Groomer. German-built PistenBully says
its 100-E is the first fully-electric solution for the snowy ski slopes. It has 2 rows of
tracks powered by rows of hard rubber wheels. The battery energy capacity is 106 kWh with
a rated voltage of 400 Volts. After 6.5 hours, the battery is charged, with an average driving
time of 2.5 to 3 hours. The 100 E is undergoing pre-production field-testing and seeking customer
feedback before they develop a production vehicle. Number Four How would you like to meet one of these on
your ride in the country? This is the T/Pod. The Swedish startup company Einride says it’s
the first truck designed for electric power and autonomous driving, saying it is safe
and cost-effective, making some transport solutions obsolete. The vehicle doesn’t
have a cab and is SAE level 4 self-driving and can be remotely run by a human operator.
It has self-awareness and uses cameras, radar, and lidar to run safely. This big box can
load 130 Euro Pallets and has a range of about 124 miles on a full charge. Its top speed
is about 52 miles per hour. The company is also working on the T/Log a similar truck
but with a flatbed made for the logging industry. They look like solid brutes to me! Number Three Another autonomous heavy-duty truck is here
from a big name in heavy hauling, Volvo. This is the Volvo Trucks “Vera”. It is sleek
looking, almost sports-car-like, but with enough guts to pull the largest trailers with
ease, and with finesse. The Vera has the same drivetrain and battery packs found in Volvo’s
other e-trucks and is controlled and monitored via a control center, making transportation
safer, cleaner, and more efficient. Volvo first assigned the Vera as part of an integrated
solution to transport goods from a logistics center to a port terminal in Gothenburg, Sweden,
a collaboration between Volvo Trucks, and ferry, and logistics company, DFDS. Number Two The king of electric vehicles is here. It’s
the KUHN Schweiz AG – Construction machinery’s EDumper. The world’s largest electric vehicle
is 110 tons heavy when fully loaded. The prototype eDumper has a 600 kWh battery and has very
efficient regenerative braking, saving 50,000 tons of fuel a year, according to the company.
It’s being used at a mountainside quarry in Biel, Switzerland, and is capable of delivering
60 tons of lime and marl. This thing is huge, its drivers have to climb 9 stairs to get
into the cab, with the tires more than 6 feet tall. Number One The ubiquitous ride-sharing company, UBER
is hard at work planning what they envision as the future of transportation, aerial ridesharing.
In 2023, Uber plans to give riders the option of an affordable shared flight. They hope
to begin an aerial offering that’s safe, quiet, and environmentally conscious, and
that extends the reach of existing transportation options. They want to extend their point to
point transit options to include flight, using a network of small electric VTOLs that can
take off and land vertically. They want to develop a network of Skyports to support an
urban VTOL network which would be more cost- and space-efficient, making use of repurposed
decks of parking garages, existing helipads, and unused land surrounding highway interchanges. These are only 10 of the thousands of exciting
and promising new projects and products being developed by creative minds and forward-thinking
companies around the world. What did you think of this listing? Any standout for you? Let
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