Source: Electric Vehicles Magazine Hyundai has unveiled an electric double-decker bus. It hasspace for up to 70 passengers and features 11 seats on the first floor and 59seats on the second floor.The e-bus includes a 384 kWh water-cooled polymer batteryand has a maximum driving range of 300 km. Hyundai says a full charge can becompleted in 72 minutes.The bus, which is 12.9 m long and 3.9 m high, runs on independentsuspension in the first driving axle. The second axle includes a 240 kW wheelmotor axle combined with a motor to minimize electricity loss. To optimize steering,a rear-wheel steering system works in collaboration with the steering system ofthe first axle.The e-bus also comes with advanced safety features like VehicleDynamic Control, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, and Lane Keeping Assist.Hyundai worked for 18 months on the project, which wassupported by the Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Tourism.“The double-decker electric bus is an environmentallyfriendly vehicle optimized for global eco-friendly trends,” said ByoungWooHwang, head of the Commercial Vehicle Advanced Engineering team at HyundaiMotor. “This will not only ultimately improve the air quality, but alsocontribute greatly to easing commuting hour traffic congestion by accommodatingmore passengers.”Source: Hyundai
If you want your new business to be successful, make sure to set up shop in one of about a dozen ZIP codes around San Francisco. That finding, published online today in Science, may not be a revelation, but the study does have its surprises. Researchers scoured registration data for every for-profit company founded in California between 2001 and 2011. They found that companies with short names—think Google and Facebook versus long-named failures like Cryptine Networks—are 50% more likely to succeed. Having a trademark boosts a firm’s chances by a factor of 5. Having patents multiplies the chances 25 times. And if a patent-holding company is also incorporated in Delaware—home to an extremely high concentration of corporate lawyers and an efficient corporate court system—it boosts the chances of success a whopping 200-fold. The vast majority of startups still fail: Even firms with the optimal location and characteristics had dismal success rates of less than 5%. As the map above reveals, businesses founded in Silicon Valley are 20 times more likely to succeed on average than those in the median Californian city. But there is hope beyond the valley: Patches of entrepreneurial success tend to sprout up around all research institutions, such as the University of California, Davis.