Cars Teach a Lesson on New Urban Technologies

Last September, I blogged about the new Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid, which the Swedish automaker has labelled as the world’s first diesel plug-in hybrid. It’s also roomy and has pull, speed and an estimated fuel consumption of 1.9 litres per 100 km.

Oh, not to mention it looks great.

Why do I refer to this four-month-old blog post?

Because I was reminded of it today as I read this cool article about how new satellite cities could draw energy from the sun, wind, and earth.

(Note that this solar city model is influenced by the principles of New Urbanism — the same ones that influenced Mason Homes communities such as Avonlea in Peterborough.)

Heathrow Airport is experimenting with a personal rapid transit (PRT) system that some experts believe will be integral to solar-powered cities of the future.

Does having a city that relies on alternative sources of energy sound like a far-fetched idea? It may. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Cars just like the one I mentioned above would’ve seem far-fetched not too long ago.

Yet it’s here. And we’ll all soon be able to buy it in North America.

Besides an increasing amount of international New Urbanism communities, we’re already seeing real-life applications of some of the principles discussed in the article.

They include solar energy, for example, as well as personal rapid transit (PRT), a system of “fully automated electric vehicles carrying two to six passengers that provides private, on-demand, nonstop service on a network of small, usually overhead guideways.”

So I wouldn’t be surprised to see satellite cities spring up, like the ones described in the article. Who knows — maybe Mason Homes will have communities in them.

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