Neuron’s modular vehicle could serve as a mini-bus, transit bus or an articulated bus and is part of the company’s vision to use vehicle technology to help build smart cities.
US automotive company Neuron EV has announced its new futuristic electric bus. Being modular, the length of the vehicle can be modified to serve as a mini-bus, transit bus, or an articulated bus.
It has been made to be compatible with high-speed railways and Neuron claims “it is essentially a bus that can convert into a fast metro train”.
It follows the announcement earlier this year of Neuron’s Multipurpose Autonomous Platform or MAP, a self-motorised platform that mounts structures of various sizes for the purpose of transporting them from one location to another, and the Harmony-Utility-Balance or HUB, an on-demand transportation system for the ride-sharing market.
Neuron believes that its technology is integral in building the next generation ecosystem that realises the vision of smart cities. "Our company is built on the principle of making a positive impact in our society through transportation," said Edward Lee, CEO, Neuron EV.
Neuron’s clean energy bus can be operated by either a driver or as an autonomous vehicle, and its front portion is interchangeable to meet aerodynamic requirements.
The company wants to drive electric bus adoption in the US. More states and cities are starting to explore the electric bus option for public transportation. California has mandated that all the state’s buses purchased by its mass transit agencies should be zero-emission by the year 2029.
"Our company is built on the principle of making a positive impact in our society through transportation"
MAP and HUB are central of the company’s vision of using vehicle technology to provide convenience, save resources, and transform communities into efficient infrastructures.
MAP’s size can be adjusted to suit a specific task, such as being a vehicle for passengers, a transport for cargo, or a temporary residence for travellers. It is the underlying power structure used in the Neuron HUB, essentially the combined unit of an upper structure mounted onto MAP.
The primary goal of MAP is to make static structures mobile, thereby expanding their functionality. It’s designed to be compatible with standard shipping containers. It can convert a simple shipping container into an autonomous mobile residence, measuring 6,670mm long, 2,600mm wide, and 3,540mm tall.
Interior variations of MAP driven containers include, but are not limited to shops, cafes, restaurants, hotels, and offices. The exterior can also be modified for purpose. One example is the roof which can be upgraded with solar panels to recharge the vehicle batteries.
With the integration of MAP, Neuron claims parking garages can easily convert into mobile high rises. It says it can modernise a parking garage to house MAP units and transform it into a mobile high-rise and can integrate a shopping centre with that mobile high-rise.
Neuron EV is currently developing new energy vehicles with plans for an unveiling in the fourth quarter of 2019.
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