Jump to content


SEARCH

0

A Prius rollercoaster?

By CheeJun on 21 May 2011

Yes. A bunch of boffins got together at Toyota and said, "we really need a rollercoaster that's slow and doesn't even carry anyone on it!" What they did is attempt to show how the kinetic energy from braking could be stored as electricity and used for something else in say, an amusement park? In this case, they used the energy stored to power all the lights seen in the video.

It looks kind of pointless and it is considering how much effort was taken to rip the Prius apart and rebuild it as a 'rollercoaster' which does 15mph which isnt really 'rollercoaster speeds'. Then again, the idea behind it all is noble; to use the otherwise wasted heat and kinetic energy to power something useful like lights for instance. The idea behind it is great but the final result, not so. I just don't see this happening anywhere else. It will be too expensive and ironically, I feel that the Prius is still more environmentally unfriendly in the long run (as with Rigval's article a few months ago) than say a diesel powered car. All I can say is, nice lights!

new technology, hybrid cars and 2 more...

Viewed: 557 times

Related Blog Posts
Cheejun
Written by Cheejun
Hi everyone, I’m Chee Jun and cars have always been a passion for me since young and writing about them is one way to express myself in the motoring world.



 
Car Makes

Please select a car make

Facebook Likes
   Featured Blog Post
Photo
Driving an old car with almost no modern features in it? Or just love adding new accessories for...
POPULAR BLOG POSTS
Photo
The Toyota Levin, China's version of our popular Corolla Altis, gains a brand new 1.2 litre t...
Photo
Likely to show up in 2018, the facelifted Ford Mustang will be getting a 10-speed automatic. Expe...
Photo
The dust for Toyota's new small crossover has barely settled but Toyota Racing Development (T...
Photo
A journalist in Taiwan is said to have crashed a Honda NSX during a test drive. The driver blames...
Photo
Volkswagen's chief executive Matthias Muller believes that for the next 20 years, traditional...
   Lifestyle Articles