China has overtaken the United States as the world's biggest producer of greenhouse gases and biggest energy consumer.
But the country is also thinking in big and bold ways when it comes to how it will reduce pollution and a new plan to build a "straddling bus" is among the most space-age schemes yet.
In an effort to go green and relieve congestion without widening roads, the Shenzhen Huashi Future Parking Equipment company is developing a "3D Express Coach" (also known as a "three-dimensional fast bus").
The innovation will allow cars less than 2 meters high to travel underneath the upper level of the vehicle, which will be carrying passengers .
According to China Hush, the 6-meter-wide 3D Express Coach will be powered by a combination of electricity and solar energy, and will be able to travel up to 60 kilometers per hour carrying some 1200 to 1400 passengers.
The first 115 miles of track is set for construction in Beijing's Mentougou district starting in late 2010. The Chairman of the Huashi Future Parking Equipment company boasts it will take only a year and 500 million yuan (around $73 million) to build the futuristic transportation system.
Besides, after all the cost over runs, you and I will be dead before we see any of these Jetsons vehicles as promised by the main streams that be. What’s the hold up with this one?
Just like the VOLT they'll be so over priced no one will buy them like the Prowler, Viper, Air Car, Leaf and others. The prices have to come way down to make them affordable and not equal to a home investment. Just my 2 cents
Beijing-based architects MAD have designed a conceptual, star-shaped, mobile Chinatown. The architects describe the project as “MAD’s response to the redundant and increasingly out-of-date nature of the contemporary Chinatown”. Moving around the world, the mobile town would produce all it’s own energy and recycle all its own waste, requiring no resources from its host city. The town would be home to 15,000 people and include health resorts, sports facilities, drinking-water lakes and a digital cemetery.
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