From record breaking heatwaves to sporadic weather conditions, it can seem that nature is looking for some retribution against humans for their contributions to climate change. Scientists have issued a series of warnings to the drastic consequences if carbon emissions are not reduced with more ecologically friendly energy sources.
Buses That Run on Formic Acid
A group of students from the Technical University of Eindhoven in the Netherlands has developed a bus that works with formic acid. This acid, a natural substance produced by ants and bees, is a more economical, practical and, of course, much cleaner and sustainable energy source than traditional fuels commonly used today.
Although it is possible to find it in nature, formic acid can also be obtained at the industrial level. It is currently used to process textile and leather materials, to keep food for livestock and to manufacture cleaning products.
Hydrocin: The Fuel of Future Buses
The new fuel, called “hydrocin”, is in a liquid state, which facilitates transport and loading on buses. The group of students is responsible for finding an efficient way to transport the elements needed by the hydrogen fuel cells used to power electric vehicles.
Although buses will emit CO2 and water through the exhaust pipe, they can be considered completely neutral as this CO2 is used by the system itself to make the fuel.
Project managers have stressed that at no point in the fuel-making process are ants or bees required to be killed for formic acid.
Although the first prototype for the production process was introduced in January 2016 and the first successful tests have already been carried out, the current system is much more powerful (up to 25 kW of power) and seems to be officially ready to start at the end of this year.
The European Commission (EC) recently presented the new objectives for the Clean Mobility Package Horizon 2030. It sets out the environmental objectives that affect the passenger transport sector and the legislative measures that should be applied to all new vehicles from the year 2025. Although all new vehicles Continue reading
Technological Innovations seem to know no bound, and popular staples of science fiction, such as self-driving buses and flying cars might make a stop in reality sooner than we think. The transport sector is constantly evolving with innovations, such as electric buses, which are becoming more and more Continue reading
Since 2008, the UK Coach Awards have been held each year to celebrate the country’s coaches and buses and award the industry’s best in a variety of categories. These range from coach operations to awards for individual people in the industry, including the best coach staff, engineer of the year and the top Continue reading
It’s official, more UK residents are interested in domestic travel than excursions abroad according to a CheckMyBus study. This past summer, CheckMyBus saw 40% more UK users search for affordable intercity coach rides and domestic routes are more popular than ever. The Continue reading
Since 2015, the manufacturing giant Caetano has been working on creating its next generation model, which has finally been revealed, the Caetano Levante III. The model will primarily be used by National Express, due to a partnership between the two companies. In fact, Continue reading
Following the publication of the special Eurobarometer “Autocar Services”, it is confirmed that buses have a decent reputation among users in the UK. This study, carried out by TNS UK for the European Commission, analyses the coach services in different European countries. The report includes: the number of users, occasions and Continue reading
Exploring everything that Yorkshire has to offer has just gotten much easier. Megabus recently announced that it will be partnering with Transdev to connect four of its local bus providers in Yorkshire to the Megabus national transport system. This partnership will allow passengers to transfer between Megabus coaches and Continue reading
Last week, the Birmingham-based transport group National Express shared their half year results, which look highly promising – particularly so for the international endeavours of the company. National Express, which is mainly associated with cheap domestic coach travel by most British Continue reading
When travelling on the UK’s motorways, you’re very likely to spot a National Express coach. The famous coach operator basically connects all of the country’s cities and towns, from A for Aberdeen to Y for Yeovil, and counts around 19 million journeys per year. In 2017, National Express is celebrating Continue reading