The Bombardier Project Eco Train, Completely Solar Powered
Francisco Lupin, an Argentinian industrial designer, created an ecological, ergonomic, and economically efficient design for the Bombardier train competition. Called the Inter Urban Eco Train, eco4, for short, it is designed to offer local transit services for business commuters and students who go back and forth to school or universities. Zero carbon emissions.
Though designed in bright red, Lupin's clean energy concept is as green as it gets. Solar energy is what gets the motors going on the Eco Train. These motors are electromagnetic and they are responsible for propulsion and levitation of the train on rails. The method is faster, quieter, and smoother than mass transportation on wheels.
The solar panels on top of the Eco Train are on a servo motor system that guides the panels to rotate from 0 to 30 degrees according to the position of the sun.
Solar energy also powers the train's LED head and tail lights at night, as well as the interior lights of the train's compartments.
But the clear exterior of the train, composed of carbon fiber and fiberglass, accounts for 70 percent of the train's materials and makes the most of daylight to illuminate the train. Built into the transparent sides of the compartment are entry and exit doors that slide open when the train stops.
Passenger considerations are many. Back to back seating (soft cushioned fiberglass) in the middle of the compartment makes the best use of space, providing room also for standing passengers on either side. Seated passengers have arm rests, useful for a bit of privacy, but also for USB charging of phones, MP3s, and notebooks. Each armrest also has a buzzer to alert the train to stop where passengers need to alight.
Above the seating are overhead compartments with safety barriers for passenger belongings.
Of course, the Inter Urban Eco Train is entirely computer operated; all systems are monitored by another computer at each stop.
All aboard who are going aboard! I'm ready!