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ADAPTABILITY - Convert any commercial vehicle, van or truck, to the Smartnet™ system with a bolt on kit, that will allow automated vending style service at stations designed for smarter cities and towns, and robotic vehicles that will one day provide convenient driverless transport, to replace those clouds of exhaust fumes from diesel buses and taxis.





The invention of batteries did not change the world overnight, nor did the inventor know then what he'd opened the door to, though it must have been exciting times.


Battery development continues apace, with everyone looking for the perfect solution for electric vehicles. We love that, but it means that any vehicle or technology that you invest in today, could be obsolete tomorrow. Billions of $dollars and €euros wasted, with thousands of disappointed investors.


That need not be the case if you hedge your bets by investing in Universal Cartridges, where the chemistry inside can change, but the SmartNet™ delivery system remains as a solid investment, versatile and adaptable to the innovations of tomorrow. You can roll with the punches, instead of a roller coaster ride to winding up and zero returns.


Fleet operators of autonomous automobiles, or those considering going over to robotic vehicles, should pay particular attention to the possibilities of using an automatic vending system such as SmartNet™ where people are not needed at depots, etc., to keep robotaxis, shuttles and robotrucks operational, provided of course that they run on electricity and have a compatibility kit bolted on - or are purpose built to be compatible.


At the moment, each vehicle type would need to be surveyed to be sure of compatibility. We hope that will change, as SmartNet is developed.





VW combi wagon electric conversion



CUMBERSOME - In the 1970s, Volkswagen, Lucas and Mercedes, all had trays of lead acid batteries that slid into or under a vehicle using trolleys and screw threads. This flurry of EV development activity was due to petrol rationing and oil insecurity.


Porsche managed better during his association with Lohner around 1900, with a hydraulic system supplying a replacement pack coming from a pit below the vehicle. But nobody really cracked a seriously quick way of exchanging and connecting energy packs until a patent was filed in 1991 and a system was built in 1997 that took around 80 seconds to load - using an extremely compact mechanism. Even so, the details of operation were proprietary and not revealed. Fortunately. Or the SmartNet™ system could not be protected. The picture above shows us how not to do it. But at least they made the effort.






The UK, or any country in Europe or anywhere in the world for that matter, could be a producer of hydrogen batteries, that do the same job as today's lithium batteries, but provide a longer range between refuelling. Though this would be subject to licensing arrangements for compatible designs.


As part of the R&D evolution of the SmartNet™ system, we are looking to develop a kit that is compatible with most commercial vehicles, firstly as a range extender, and secondly to allow any adapted vehicle to refuel at the proposed network of next generation service stations.


This is particularly useful for heavy goods hauliers and local delivery (logistics) services operating electrically propelled vehicles. The system does not cater for ICE vehicles, that are being phased out. For that just keep pumping diesel, until a "new" vehicle ban comes into force after 2035.





Our Foundation is an SME, looking to collaborate with academics and industry specialists. We are too small to lead a bid administratively, or make biblical sized funding applications, but are able to provide IP protection, conceptual project steerage, planning expertise and information dissemination as part of a consortium to support UK or Horizon Europe Cluster 5 proposals.











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