Gallery: Solar-Powered MagLev Concept Train is Sleek Alternative Transp...


High speed trains are important for long haul travel, but more efficient rail systems are also needed in cities for general commuters. With precisely that in mind, Francisco Lupin designed this sleek concept train for Bombardier as part of the YouRail Train Interior Design Contest and their line of Eco4 energy saving trains. Lupin’s train is designed for economy commuters within a city and completely rethinks the interior of public transportation. The train is solar powered, made of lightweight materials and utilizes MagLev technology for a fast and energy efficient train.

Lupin’s super sleek concept is centered around redesigning the interior of trains, but includes a host of upgrades that go beyond the cosmetic. A long bench of seats runs down the middle of the train with floor to ceiling transparent windows and passengers can enter and exit on either side of the eco train and can simply press a button to signal their stop. A projector displays information such as the weather, time or advertisements onto the windows on either side.

Solar panels mounted on the top of the train provide power to help run it, as well as provide lighting and charging stations inside for passengers. The solar panels are mounted so they can automatically rotate in order to maximize solar access. MagLev technology would be utilized for a faster, smoother and more efficient train, while an automatic pilot system guides the train via computer eliminating the need for an operator.

+ Francisco Lupin

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  1. Nitin bansode March 15, 2011 at 2:18 am

    please send me a how to work such trains.

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  3. soltrainusa June 30, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    a better way to do this is posted on

  4. relentlesscactus June 16, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    It is ideas like this that hold us back.

  5. HCR-LLC June 16, 2010 at 10:19 am

    I agree with Myrtle10 – let’s see where this train takes us. It’s amazing what we can do these days! All in an effort to help make the environment a great place for our children and their children.

  6. Myrtle10 June 16, 2010 at 6:47 am

    The end of something is greater than the beginning. Let’s see wher this train can take us…

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  8. June 15, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Steel wheel on steel rail has rolling friction that is lower than the energy needed for magnetic levitation. The energy needed to run a train is due to to air resistance — and, in the case for public transit, the constant acceleration and deceleration. With regenerative breaking, which works well for steel rails, can recapture the energy expended during acceleration when breaking.

    At the same time, the nice thing about using an electrified rail system is that you only need an electro motor on board, and the power can be generated elsewhere more efficiently.

    So this concept, if it would work at all, is unrealistic, and sounds like a bunch of greenwashing. Steel rails are cheaper/better than magnetic levitation, and power should be generated outside the train. At the same time, displaying information for every user is quite a waste of energy.

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