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The Short-flight Alternative
The Budget Airline Car is an EV alt-shuttle seating six adults, with luggage storage in each door.
by John Kendall
Short-haul airline flights can be a great convenience
for travelers, but they produce more CO2 emissions
- about 250 g/km per person - than any other
form of passenger transportation, including compact
EVs and electric trains. That's about 25% more emissions
than long-haul flights, because short-hop flying
uses proportionately more fuel at takeoff and landing.
Could an automotive alternative offer a solution?
That is what Car Design Research (CDR), a U.K.based
consultancy, set out to investigate, working with
design associates Yichen Shu in China and Aditya
Jangid in India. The resulting concept is the Budget
Airline Car, one of six new passenger-vehicle types that
CDR director Sam Livingston and his team feel would
be enabled by new mobility technologies.
" The idea is very much about the conceptual
design of the vehicle and how that then fits into the
future world embracing certain specific things which
affect design, " Livingstone told SAE Media. He said the
Budget Airline Car would provide seating for six adults
arranged in three rows of two. Like airline passengers,
the six would not necessarily be known to each other,
picking up the vehicle as they would a flight from a
specific location, similar to collecting a rental vehicle.
One of the passengers would drive, or perhaps they
would share the driving.
To address the emissions issue, the vehicle would
be electric. Although autonomous operation could be a
possibility, this was not a primary design goal. " Were it
applied to this concept, I think the core thing it would
The Budget Airline Car concept closures and seating show private-aircraft inspiration.
24 April 2022
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