Sustainability in Transportation

Sustainability in Transportation

The transport of goods and people is by far the largest contributor to increased production of greenhouse gases and rate of global warming. Our daily personal transportation is by and large based upon the burning of fossil fuels and is a major contributor of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas that we are becoming increasingly concerned about.

It has been shown that electric transportation reduces the emission of CO2 by between 30% and 95% depending on the source of electricity in our grid. On average in North America, the reduction could be 50% if all personal vehicles used in daily trips were electric. Although many modes of transport such as light rail are already electric, there is a growing movement to electrify many modes of ground transportation.

With the recent advent of batteries with much higher capacity, we are starting to adapt electric drive to lightweight and short-haul heavy trucks and shunt locomotives.

Following are some relevant links.