Mini and Maxi Car Chassis:-
The cars will have fibreglass or plastic body panels fitted
to a fabricated steel chassis. The weight for the Mini car is
estimated to be approximately one tonne. The Maxi car would be
approximately 25% heavier. The cars will be able to travel in either direction.
There will be two drive trains in each car. Both will be
used to accelerate the car from rest but only one will be used when the car reaches it's programmed transit speed.
The use of two drive trains insures against the risk of any failure.
The wheels will be standard automotive wheels and hubs (eg
Commodore/Falcon) fitted to a specially designed drive train. This ensures that the car can traverse
any slope that an ordinary car can e.g. a basement ramp (1 in 6). The cars will be powered by
electric motors driving through a standard automatic gearbox
(eg Commodore/Falcon). This gearbox will allow the motor to operate at the lowest possible RPM giving benefits in reduced maintenance, reduced energy
consumption and reduced motor costs due to the lower RPM duty
requirements. The cars will be quiet in operation due to the rubber
tyres and electric power.
The drive train will incorporate a generator to provide regenerative braking to charge on board batteries.
These batteries will provide the power to operate the lighting, air
conditioning, computers etc on the car plus emergency power in the event
of a blackout. The drive train will be in modular units for quick and easy replacement for maintenance.
Both the Mini and Maxi cars will accommodate a 10
metre radius turn. This is the minimum design road radius for a car
travelling at 50km/h. This minimum track radius will fit in a typical suburban street and, hence, permits
greater design freedom for the track layout.
The larger Express (30
seats) and Commuter (60 seats) cars follow the same design philosophy
but use components from the trucking Industry.
The design of the cars will incorporate off the shelf components
to the greatest possible extent. After all, we don't need to re-invent
the wheel (others do). This design philosophy will reduce the cost
of the cars to the minimum possible.
Each car will be fitted with an array of sensors constantly
monitoring tyre pressures, oil temperatures, gearbox functions etc. Any
change from the normal operating parameters will initiate a warning to a
central control room where appropriate measures will be taken (e.g sending the
car to a maintenance centre) thus ensuring a high safety standard. It should be noted that
monorails enjoy a very high safety record. Cars will also be sent
automatically on a programmed basis to maintenance centres for
preventative maintenance and cleaning.
A base model Commodore or Falcon can be purchased for about
$35,000.00. These vehicles are a lot more sophisticated in
mechanical specification, accessories, trim and paint options than will be required for a MonoCab VRT car. On this basis, it is estimated that a mass produced,
single specification MonoCab VRT Mini car will cost $20,000.00 and a Maxi
Everybody likes to feel comfortable and safe in their
environment. These are a couple of the reasons people prefer not to use public transport. Other reasons
include lack of privacy and intimacy, noise, safety and health concerns, particularly in the flu
A MonoCab VRT Mini car,
due it's size, comfort and speed will feel very much like their own car and,
consequently, addresses these concerns.
MonoCab VRT Tracks....