Posted May 20, 2020 10:24:08Transportation engineers are working on an electric bus that could revolutionize transportation in the future, and it’s already one step closer to reality.
The Transportation Engineering Centre at the University of Waterloo is building the new Transit Electric Bus (TECB), a prototype that will be used to help make the electric bus a reality.TECBs are designed to transport people from one end of the city to another.
They have two motors, two wheels and two electric motors.
The buses have been in development since 2015 and are expected to be ready for test testing in 2018.
“This is going to be the world-first electric bus, and this is going get us where we want to go,” said David Choptansky, professor of mechanical engineering at the TECB.
“We’re going to put the technology into practice to actually create the best electric bus for the world.”TECb is designed to be a lightweight, high-capacity bus, with a maximum weight of 3,000 kilograms (5,000 pounds).
It has a top speed of 200 kilometers per hour (124 mph), a range of 1,200 kilometers (848 miles), and a payload capacity of 100 passengers.
The TECBs will travel on electric power from a charging station located in the basement of the university.
A system called the “pump and dump” will help power the buses, allowing the bus to accelerate to 60 kilometers per second (42 mph).TECs will also have onboard WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS, and will be equipped with cameras and a radio that can be used as an emergency locator.
Choptanski said the bus could travel for up to 20 minutes on a single charge.
The design of the Tecb will be based on research done at the Transportation Engineering Department at the College of Engineering at the Université de Montréal, where he studied mechanical engineering.
The project is funded by a $1.3-million grant from the Ontario government.
Choptansky said the project has already attracted interest from a number of companies.
He said the goal is to make the bus available to the public soon.
“We’re not going to do the public relations, we’re not doing the publicity, we don’t need to.
We need to make this a reality,” he said.