The Leaning Car is a cross over between bike and car that combines the best of both, efficient & sustainable as a bike, safe & comfortable as a car.
How this will impact Adelaide's carbon emissions
Reasons for emission reduction:
• It is twice as energy efficient compared to small cars due to the narrow width (which makes it ultra-aerodynamic) and the low weight
• It is an electric vehicle that produces no emissions
• Due to its high efficiency, the size of its battery can be a fraction compared to normal electric cars. That makes it more affordable even than petrol cars, a breakthrough for electric vehicles.
• Our leaning car is the world’s first car with the width of a motorcycle and up to 4 seats
• Adelaide’s liveability will be improved as traffic jams will be minimised and parking space will be freed up. The small footprint allows twice as many vehicles sharing the same transport infrastructure including roads and car parks as 2 leaning cars can share one lane and one car park. For shorter versions with only two seats 4 leaning cars can share one car park.
Transport faces several serious issues:
• Every year 1.3 million die on the words roads. The associated costs are estimated to be more than $100 billion according to the United Nations (UN). This trend is increasing and forecasted to be 1.8 million deaths in 2020, mainly through vulnerable road users using 2 wheelers and the economic growth in Asia.
• Global Warming requires a 30% reduction in vehicle CO2 emissions in the world’s biggest car markets. The associated additional costs for the vehicles is estimated to be $240 billion every year.
• One of the potential solutions to achieve this target at reasonable cost was considered to be Diesel technology. However, Diesel engines emit 7 times more hazardous nitrogen oxide emissions (NOx) when driven on the road compared to the emissions limits measured in the labs, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA). The Word Health Organisation estimated that road transport air pollution is estimated to cause 1.48 million premature deaths worldwide and that Diesel are responsible for the biggest share of that. The associated costs only for Europe are estimated to be $151 billion per year according to the European Commission.
• During typical working live of 50 years we waste about 2 years of our lives waiting in our cars while idling. The resulting economic cost is in in the order of $1.1 trillion each year.
All these issues are significantly mitigated by replacing conventional cars with the leaning car !
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