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March 03, 2009

Economic Stimulus of a High Technology Transportation Solution

The BLEEX/HULC exoskeleton was developed in the City of Berkeley and State of California. There should be Federal stimulus dollars directed to a proposed BLEEX/e-bike electrified transportation system.

* Lower medical costs
* Help senior citizens stay mobile
* Accelerate the electrification of transportation at lower cost than current plans
* Reduce gasoline usage
* Reduce imported oil
* Improve the environment
* Lower the unit cost of military systems
* More productivity and overall faster transportation times

The exoskeleton and e-bike model are examined in this article.

The general capabilities of the exoskeleton add-ons are considered.

The military exoskeleton is reviewed in pictures and video.

Currently the plan is to give $7500 tax credits per car for plug in hybrid cars - half electric cars.

Why not setup the Democratic home base of California with the next generation of electric transportation ? Plus the exoskeleton can be used to help senior citizens stay mobile and more independent longer. This will help enable more out-patient care and lower medical costs.

The plan will help with stimulating California (and other high tech places), stimulate high technology industries, scale up and lower future soldier dual use technology, use less oil, integrate with public transportation and increase productivity with faster movement and help seniors stay mobile all while doing it cheaper than the tax credits for hybrids.

What would be the price of volume units of Bleex/folding e-bike combo ?
The current low volume price of the 40mph e-bike is $3000. There are 25mph e-bikes for $300-1000. In volume production it seems that high performance $1000 folding e-bikes are possible and $100 lower performance e-bikes.

How cheap would BLEEX/HULC exoskeletons when produced in millions of units ? It seems likely that $1000-3000 per unit prices could be reached. Although $5000 would be an initial target.



How much better would the environment be if people predominantly electric transportation systems ? How much easier would it be to make public transit work if people were rapidly moving about with 10 mph exoskeletons and 40 mph e-bikes and only have to hop on public transit for extended highway travel ?

In order to not increase the number of transportation deaths

* People would need to have the hard shell motorcycle racing crash protection suits
* There are also $500 air bag deploying jackets
* This should ideally be part of wide-scale rollout where city transportation is adjusted at the same time with dedicated e-bike lanes

$3000 per person could be possible in volume for the exoskeleton, the folding e-bike and for the advanced and comfortable crash safety gear.

FURTHER READING
Japan has the HAL-5 exoskeleton for helping seniors lift things and stay mobile. They will be retailing for 500,000 to 1 million yen. ($5000-10,000)

Japanese company making the HAL-5 exoskeleton



Senior citizen fall statistics (medical costs and deaths)

In 2003, more than 13,700 older adults died from falls, making them the leading cause of injury deaths among people 65 and older. From 1993 to 2003 fatal falls increased by more than 55 percent - with more men (46.2 percent) dying from falls than women (31.1 percent). The report also indicates that in 2003 almost 1.8 million seniors were treated in emergency departments for nonfatal injuries from falls and more than 460,000 were hospitalized. In 2000, the direct medical costs for falls among older adults were approximately $19 billion.


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