• Dec 11, 2008
Click above for more high-res renderings of the Freight*Bus concept

Boris Johnson, London's latest mayor and replacement for congestion charge-loving Ken Livingstone, has started a competition called "A New Bus for London," which, as you may have gathered, looks to replace the aging double-decker people mover with something a bit more modern. Hugh Frost has answered the call with a design he calls the Freight*Bus, and it hides plenty of innovative new features in its classic two-story shape. For instance, the bus would be powered by in-wheel electric motors that would get their power from batteries (likely) or hydrogen fuel cells (much less likely). Cutting petrol out of the equation would have the obvious benefit of improving the bustling city's air quality.

When not carrying a bus-load of people, foldaway seating allows the Freight*Bus to accept standard European shipping pallets. So far, Johnson has yet to name the winner of his competition, but that hasn't stopped Frost from soliciting investors to help bring his intriguing concept to commercial fruition.


[OnRouteBus via Jalopnik]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like some sort of power rangers play set where it opens up and there's all these moving plastic parts and stickers that kids can never put on right.
      *thinks*
      Power Rangers: London Force. Yeah. Cheesy, and it indicates that the franchise is beyond life support and is now a vegetable. A perfect fit.

      As for the bus itself, im all for making the them more environmentally friendly, but couldn't you do so while keeping the classic look and feel? this one looks like a harmonica that was custom painted to resemble the generic paint job of a 90's coach bus.

      • 6 Years Ago
      It's being designed to replace the "bendy" buses that have proven useless on London's twisty and crowded streets.
      The existing double-deckers will stay.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's actually just a tin can of mints.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Very 21st century!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Seeing as how automobiles have been around for little over a century I think they could manage it faster than that. By the way, Ace Combat 4 isn't good enough to reference in your name.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Being the UK, this will be approved by the 22nd century, built by the 24th, and finally on the road in the 25th and eventually replaced come the 3rd millenium. :P
      • 6 Years Ago
      Somebody call Colani
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, I must say - it actually looks good, is thought out, and is actually practical enough to be built today (although the pure electric drive may not work out that well, at least right now).

      Do it!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Never work. The door is on the wrong side an lets passengers off into traffic. Duh.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Please join me in the noble cause of giving the gift of lulz to Ravi.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You dimwit, they drive on the left side of the road in UK.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Think it kinda looks like a present... wrapping all around the sides and the top lol. Either than that, it looks freakishly cool.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Have you, folks, ever tried to get off the top floor of a doubledecker when a driver approaches the stop in the same way as a F1 car approaches its pit-crew? And not that you could wait until the bus actually stops because that way you won't make it out...

      There's only one way up and the same way down, and you can't have people going both ways at the same time.

      Upper floor overheats, ventilation is unsufficient....

      Double deckers are fine good for to ease congestion, lots of people on a small platform. For passengers - it's a hell. I lived in London for four years and went upstairs only when absolutely necessary and only on long drives.

      To sum up, the concept of doubledecker bus in the cities is the worst public transport idea ever.

      Knowing British, any new doubledecker will have same flaws as current buses and will cost more. It will cost more than initially planned and will arrive late.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wasn't this thing full of muderous robots in I, Robot?
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is terrible. It has all the charm of .. an airport terminal. Unfortunately, this is where the design going in general (look at Prius). You might think now it is cool an all until you see all the cars and buildings around you consisting of shapeless, flat glass and metal surfaces. Then you'll remember how it was like in the 20th century.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Uh...we can't stay in the 20th century forever, bro'. Making everything "updated retro" shows a lack of creativity and inability to innovate. It's that same kind of "it ain't broke, don't fix it" mentality that's got us in this oil crisis in the first place.

        The Prius makes newborn babies cry - it's that ugly - but at least it's an attempt to implement something different. I have no clue why people are so adamant about keeping innovation limited to the unseen (i.e. increased performance, higher mpg's, cushier interiors) yet want the exterior to be less updated in the name of nostalgia.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks neat, but how do you take the top off?!?!???!?!!11!??!!!!

      But change isn't always good.
        • 6 Years Ago
        So there's the James May Way, and the Awesome Way, basically.
        • 6 Years Ago
        There's the James May way, which is lots of measurements, calculations and a precision cutter.

        There's the Jeremy Clarkson way, which is a chainsaw and a big hammer.
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