ELECTRICITY FOR TWENTIETH CENTURY TRANSPORTATION

The use of electricity for transportation is considered in perspective as it applies to the remainder of the 20th century. It is argued that petroleum may not always be available in sufficient quantities at appropriate prices to sustain U.S. transportation needs in a manner that will support the desired socio-economic climate. Liquid synthetic fuels from non-petroleum resources may not be available in sufficient quantities to replace petroleum. A combination of solutions may be required, and is certainly desirable, to help alleviate all potential energy crises that are associated with the above. Electric power is applicable to automative and railroad use, and can readily be made available assuming reasonable foresight as to needs. Two studies on the impacts of use of electric cars in the regions of Los Angeles, St. Louis and Philadelphia during the remainder of this century are discussed. Advantages of rail electrification and of all-electrification and of all-electric rail operations are pointed out. It is estimated that it would take five years to electrify 1000 track miles. Of the total 207,000 route miles of U.S. rail, about 22,000 have heavy enough traffic to justify electrification.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the 8th Annual Front of Power Technol Conf., Oklahoma State U., Stillwater, October 1-2, 1975
  • Corporate Authors:

    Oklahoma State University, Stillwater

    Stillwater, OK  USA  74078
  • Authors:
    • ECKLUND, E E
  • Publication Date: 1975

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 31 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00136415
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: No. 18 Proc Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 3 1976 12:00AM