Trains / Rail

ChatGPT & DALL-E generated panoramic image of shipping container covered with computer circuitry and sparks being winched into a container ship at a shipping terminal

EV Battery Swapping Will Have Some Big Niches But Mostly Won’t Be Used

Every time I publish anything on electric vehicles, the battery swapping fans come out of the woodwork. It’s remarkable that there is barely any battery swapping being done with electric vehicles today and yet some people think every EV of every scale will be treating the most expensive component as … [continued]

U.S. Electricity Consumption from Light-Duty Vehicles Likely Surpassed Rail in 2023

Light-duty vehicles (LDV) in the United States used more electricity than rail systems for the first time in 2023, according to new estimates in our Electric Power Monthly. We recently started publishing experimental estimates for LDV electricity consumption, which are not collected on our traditional surveys but are derived using a … [continued]

ChatGPT & DALL-E generated anoramic image of an electric semi truck covered in circuitry rolling along a highway beside a railroad where a long freight train is belching diesel smoke

Electric Trucks Are Already Lower Carbon Than Rail In Much Of North America

In 2010, I was consulting to Canadian National Railroad, at the time with the legendary Hunter Harrison as CEO. It was one of many times my decarbonization proposals bounced off of organizations, something that’s been inordinately useful in helping me understand how hardcore businesses view the space. At the time, … [continued]

Buttigieg, Pelosi, Other Leaders Headline U.S. High-Speed Rail Conference

More than 200 industry, labor, political and academic leaders converged to advance strategies and policies for building a nationwide bullet train network in America. Highlighted speakers here. WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, House Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi, former White House Infrastructure Coordinator Mitch Landrieu, and other high-profile … [continued]

ChatGPT & DALL-E generated panoramic image of an electric European semi trailer covered in circuitry driving on a highway through the Alps

EU Wisely Stiffens Road Freight & Passenger Emissions Guidance

A month ago, I spent some time assembling statistics on major geographies’ split of domestic freight tonnage across different modes: road, rail, and water. I was surprised to find that road freight was so much more dominant in Europe than rail compared to other major geographies. I think of Europe … [continued]

ChatGPT & DALL-E generated panoramic image of a barrel wrapped in the Canadian flag, labeled "H2" and overflowing with Canadian currency

$25 Billion Up For Grabs In Canada’s Progress-Light, Reality-Deficient Hydrogen Strategy

Over the past few years I’ve published assessments of the hydrogen strategies of multiple jurisdictions, including the United States, Australia, Japan, Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, the EU, and the Canadian province of Ontario, among others. News of the German chancellor coming, cap in hand, begging for liquid natural gas and hydrogen … [continued]

Slide from Michael Barnard's remark at Green Builder's Sustainability Symposium

Green Builder Sustainability Symposium Presentation — Slides & Transcript

In mid-2023, Green Builder Media’s CEO Sara Gutterman reached out to me to see if I were interested in presenting at their annual Sustainability Symposium. It’s been running annually for close to a decade, and with COVID it transitioned to virtual and won’t be going back. That event occurred a … [continued]

Slide from Michael Barnard's ISGF presentation Electrify Everything Everywhere All At Once

Electrify Everything Everywhere All At Once – India Edition Transcript

Under the auspices of the India Smart Grid Forum, the think tank founded as an umbrella organization over India’s 28 state utilities to provide thought leadership, share leading practices, and bring international insights to India, I’m delivering bi-weekly webinars framed by the Short List of Climate Actions That Will Work. … [continued]

ChatGPT & DALL-E generated panoramic image of a multi-modal transport corridor featuring a highway with electric trucks, a railroad with freight trains, and a canal with electric ships

Domestic Freight Mode Decarbonization Economics Will Vary Between Major Geographies

Every major geography will be electrifying virtually all domestic freight shipping in the coming two to three decades. However, the starting conditions matter between India, Europe, China, and the United States. This assessment sprang out of a bit of news and discussion related to it today. China’s Windrose Technology and … [continued]