China unveils train that travels on ‘virtual tracks’

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City public transportation systems typically rely on a mix of trains and buses . But what if the two could be combined? Chinese company CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive recently debuted a trackless train that could ease traffic and emissions in urban centers. The Autonomous Rail Transit (ART) uses sensors to run along invisible tracks on city streets. Train tracks on city streets could be a thing of the past if all goes well with the ART, recently unveiled in the city of Zhuzhou in the Hunan province in China , where it recently went on a trial run. Firstpost described the ART as the world’s first trackless train. Sensor technology enables the ART to glide over roads, helping it track a guiding system in place. The sensors send the information back to the train’s central control unit – what Firstpost described as a brain – to help it travel smoothly. Related: You won’t believe the interior of Japan’s jaw-dropping new train More than 300 people can ride on the ART, which is comprised of three carriages in its basic state but can expand to include five. It has rubber wheels with plastic cores. A twin-head system means the train never has to make a U-turn, according to Firstpost. The trackless train is over 103 feet long. The ART is powered by electricity , so it won’t give off carbon emissions as traditional trains do. It can travel at a speed of around 43 miles per hour. CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive has reportedly been testing the ART technology for around four years, but the trackless train could finally be ready to roll out on the road in 2018. The company boasts a wide array of electric locomotives. Their Blue Locomotive won the title of Best New Energy Locomotive at the Berlin International Rail Transit Technology Exhibition. Via Firstpost Images via screenshot ( 1 , 2 )

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German Trains Will Run on 100% Renewable Energy by 2050!

October 14, 2011 by  
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Germany has made many remarkable strides towards sustainability in the past few years – they were the first nation to announce the abolition of nuclear power , the entire country already runs on 20% renewable energy, and now Deutsche Bahn , Germany’s national railway operator, has announced plans to run all of its trains on 100% renewable energy by the year 2050. The German railway currently uses 2% of the country’s total electricity, so their goal will have a powerful impact upon the nation as a whole. Read the rest of German Trains Will Run on 100% Renewable Energy by 2050! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: DB , deutsche bahn , electric trains , electric transportation , german railway , germany , green german railway , green germany , green transportation , renewable energy , renewables

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Interpretive Facility at Red Rocks Canyon Responds to the Untouched Side of Las Vegas

October 14, 2011 by  
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Solar-Powered Rail Station is a Diaphanous Train Storage Shed in Spain

October 14, 2011 by  
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Amtrak Will Update Its Fleet with Half a Billion Dollars Worth of Electric Trains

July 1, 2011 by  
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We’re still waiting to see how high-speed rail plans play out in the U.S., but Amtrak is making a move to update its ordinary fleet to a greener standard. The U.S.

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Amtrak orders 70 new electric locomotives for greener transport

November 1, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: New electric trains to offer a peak power of 10,000 horsepower and draw over 5 megawatts. Amtrak is preparing to add as many as 70 electric locomotives to its already existing cluster of trains from 2013 to 2019. The government-owned corporation has plans to buy these new trains for use on the Northeast corridor between Washington and Boston and the Keystone Corridor between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

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Mercedes Benz LKS 2012 solar roof to be unveiled at Geneva Auto Salon 2011

November 1, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Retractable sunroof with advanced electronic technology to regulate the transparency of the glass. It’s time for some green stylish action from Mercedes Benz

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Schluckspecht-E sets EV operating range record in real traffic conditions

November 1, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Zero-emission EV covers a distance of 626.6km on a single charge. Student designers from the Offenburg University have created a zero-emissions electric car that has set a new record for longest distance traveled by an electric car on a single recharge in real traffic conditions. The vehicle, dubbed Schluckspecht-E , covered a distance of 626.6km without recharging the batteries

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IMEC Meets Howest claims to be the first laptop to run on two solar cells

November 1, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Prototype laptop gets powered by efficient solar panels. In an effort to inspire people to reconsider the use of alternative energy in daily-used consumer goods, industrial designer Jan Leyssens has created a prototype laptop that runs entirely on solar energy.

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