Second step of Robert Hermann's visits in the communes of Les Châteaux, the most recent members of Strasbourg Eurométropole. The journey was taken aboard Cristal, the electric shuttle made by Lohr, the local giant.
Designing an efficient transportation method is no easy task. A car with a single occupant is inefficient, but what about a bus with a single passenger? Yet this is the puzzle that every transport company has to solve, their vehicles being overcrowded during rush hours and desperately empty at off-peak times.
Electric mini-buses coupled together like a train, a "taxi-bot" without driver, a completely automated shuttle: manufacturers and public transport operators put their imagination to good use to come up with tomorrow's ecological mobilities, namely in peri-urban areas.
Self-service or shuttle mode. The 100% electric shuttle, created by Lohr, will operate between Strasbourg Railway Station and Strasbourg Wacken Exhibition Center from June 20th to June 22d, as part of the ITS European Congress (Intelligent Transport Systems).
The Lohr group located in Duppigheim, designers of the electric axle system dubbed Boreal, intend to use it to equip public transport system operators and manufacturers.
Yesterday, Lohr and Solaris with the CTS presented a prototype hybrid bus running on natural gas and electricity which has been operating for a few days now on line 15. The experiment will confirm (or not) a target to reduce greenhouse gas emission by 25%.