Competition


There are currently four different PRT systems that have been deployed in some way around the world. The four systems are:

Ultra PRT – The deployment is at Heathrow airport in London with 2.5 miles of  track. The cars hold four adults and 2 children.

2GetThere – The deployment is at Masdar city with 0.75 miles of track. The cars hold four adults and 2 children.

Vectus – The deployment is Suncheon Bay with 5.8 miles of track. The cars hold 6 adults in seats and up to 6 adults standing.

Modutram – The deployment is at Cuernavaca, Mexico with a small demo track. The cars hold four seated adults.

Overview of first three:

 

How EcoPRT Compares

A key feature of EcoPRT compared to these other systems  is the fact that EcoPRT cars hold one or two adults. Why? Because if you ever look at a freeway or downtown thoroughfare just about any time of day, almost all of the cars are carrying a single passenger. The average occupancy rate for automobiles in the United States is 1.59 people. True, there are soccer moms who do drive with 3 kids in a minivan, but that is not the norm. The norm, far and away, is single occupants in a car, followed by couples.

By sizing EcoPRT cars for their most common usage, the cars can be small and lightweight. That means the cars will be much less expensive (e.g. $10,000) than the cars in these other systems (e.g. $100,000). The narrow configuration of the car means narrow guideway, which makes the guideway much lighter. This reduces the footprint of the guideway, meaning it is much less expensive to install and fits in more places.  It also makes the stations smaller, lighter and less expensive.

EcoPRT vehicles draw their power from the guideway rather than batteries, meaning that the vehicles have unlimited range and are lighter.

For more information please see: The Eight Advantages of EcoPRT