The future bus

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Have you ever tried to imagine what the future bus is going to look like? Like in every technological field nowadays, there so many innovations in the vehicle industry that it makes one wonder about all the fascinating development possibilities. Here are a couple of insights into the latest tendencies.

It seems that we will be seeing more of electric buses on our streets in the future. They have quite a few advantages compared to traditional buses – they are quieter, have more room for passengers as their engine takes up less space, and, of course, they do not pollute the environment the way their gasoline fuelled counterparts do. On the other hand, although electric buses are more eco-friendly than diesel or petrol fuelled buses, they are known to be a more expensive alternative to conventional buses, and their most expensive part is the battery. The Fraunhofer institute for Transportation and Infrastructure IVI in collaboration with ViriCiti, a real-time electric vehicle data specialist, have been looking for ways to prolong battery life and reduce the cost of exploitation of electric buses and trucks. If owners of electric vehicles are offered a more economical type of battery, it is likely they will choose this environment-friendly option more often.

Principal of fully electric buses

The rising popularity of hydrogen-powered buses is another interesting tendency. They are, in fact, a type of electric buses that use fuel-cell battery. How does it work? Fuel-cell vehicles use hydrogen gas in combination with oxygen as their power source to produce electricity. The byproduct of the process of converting hydrogen gas into electricity is water (and heat), which means this type of vehicles do not leave a trail of toxic exhaust gas in their trail. Buses with fuel-cell battery were introduced over 15 years ago and have gained popularity in certain countries, namely, Brazil, the USA, Canada, and Scotland. Actually, the Scottish city of Aberdeen has the largest hydrogen-powered buses fleet in Europe. Lately the Scandinavian countries have been looking into the possibility of using more of such busses. Denmark, Sweden, and Norway are very serious about meeting the fossil fuel reduction goals set out at the Paris accord. Fuel-cell buses are an obvious favorable choice for environmentally concerned countries precisely because of their nature-friendly aspect, so as soon as the necessary transitional adjustments are made, we can expect to see more of them in the cities all over the world.