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From Japan and Abu Dhabi, Electric Transit Runs

Last Updated Sep 27, 2010 PM EDT

One of the great, unexploited virtues of cars is that they produce any exhaust. As we all know a popular method of suicide, a car in an enclosed space is swiftly But designers are only now beginning to that EVs present an opportunity for to travel underground, not only in strictly controlled and ventilated but weaving in and out of buildings at will.

Just that kind of is being proposed in Japan, and already up and running at a new utopian in Abu Dhabi.

It’s somewhat that these utopian visions are being proposed in that made their spreading internal-combustion engines the globe (Japan) or pumping the tanks full of oil (Abu has 10 percent of the world’s reserves). neither of these projects be viable were it not for the ubiquitous

Last week at an Icelandic I saw the Mitsubishi vision for electric with switchable batteries. In the presentation that accompanied the the buses traveled underground and at an indoor station, pulling up the same way an electric train

The concept is related to the dedicated that are already in use in Ottawa and (I’ve ridden on the latter that attempt to recreate with scheduled stops and no traffic. But traditional busways are by internal-combustion engines, and face all of obstacles operating primarily (You need advanced systems, just as you do in long today.)

Zero emission that the driverless electric pod to be used in Abu Dhabi’s utopian city of Masdar will run underground. The first phase of zero carbon city by Foster Partners ) opened week, and the first 13 of what be 3,000 electronically controlled rapid transit (PRT) (which will run to preset via voice controls) are undergoing

New York Times architectural Nicolai Ouroussoff visited City last week and it a technological marvel, but also a bit from the rest of the country, the gated suburban enclaves surround American metro That’s a good point, zero emission for a tiny isn’t much of an advance. It to be a vision for all of us, and a thoroughgoing evolution internal combustion.

But what base does Abu Dhabi without oil?

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Still, as visions go it’s a entrancing one. The walled a mile square and an estimated $15 to $30 of ruler Sheikh Khalfa bin Al Nahyan ‘s money to uses carbon-neutral systems to down the desert heat frequent breezes. That 90,000 inhabitants who will there by 2020 to walk about the city, using the for longer inter-urban trips.

No cars will be allowed in the which should do wonders for air Here’s what it looks on a fanciful video:

The pod network is to 85 stations, and the fleet is projected to 130,000 trips daily. The themselves were shaped by Italian car designer Zagato . and by 2getthere in the Netherlands. The pods’ batteries will be wholly with solar energy, and a 37-mile range.

The longest city routes take only 10 minutes of

I’m presuming that the will be owned by the city, and will use them as they do the white bicycles of Paris †one, and when you’re leave it at the station. Residents can be monthly for services like but in Abu Dhabi that may not even be All that oil money, you see.

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