Transportation Alternatives Of Future Personal Transport
Future Personal Transport – A Couple Inovations For Personal Transport Of The Future
We told you about the hydrogen powered helicopter in dvelopment that you might be able to afford sometime in the future. Here are a couple other transport vehicles that are in the design and development stages for future personal transportation needs.
First, let us tell you about a hybrid helicopter and airplane electric powered one person vehicle. Obviously since it would be electric powered, it would have essentially no emissions during operation. This concept vehicle is called the “Puffin” named after the Puffin Bird and is the brainchild of Mark Moore, an aerospace engineer. He is working with NASA and MIT as well as the National Instutute Of Aerospace to turn this concept vehicle into reality.
When it is in fact made a reality, this personal transport vehicle would be as easy as taking your car out of the garage and taking off. Since it uses technology from both a helicopter and an airplane, you can launch it from your home using vertical take off and landing. Once you get airborne, it leans forward and proceeds like an airplane. Based on computer models, with a 60 horsepower electric engine, it would be able to cruise at 150 mph (241 kph) and has a range of about 50 miles (80 km). Give this one some time and it could be a keeper.
Here Is Another Transport Vehicle Possibly In Your Future
Take a look at the Mira EV, the electric vehicle that has set the world record for distance travel on a single charge. It actually traveled over 1,000 km without having to be recharged. This cool electric car is powered by Sanyo’s lithium-ion battery systems and this little baby could be coming to a dealership near you in the near future. Not yet though as it is still being tested. I tis hoped that soon it will be an alternative to the short distance electric vehicles that are in use today and also be affordable to the masses.
By the way, the record breaking 1,000 km run was organized by the Japan Electric Vehicle Club and was completed by a team of 17 race drivers from a traning school in Ibraki, Japan. It took some 27.5 hours at an average speed of about 40 km per hour to accomplish this record run which still holds. If this can be put to practical use on today’s highways, the future of electric cars looks very bright and could revolutionize personal automobile travel while making a huge dent in the use of fossil fuels that can be used for other important things for living.