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Radical technology innovations for high-speed transport; ePlanes to replace rail?

Riley, P. H. ORCID: 0000-0002-1580-7689, Degano, M. & Gerada, C. (2023). Radical technology innovations for high-speed transport; ePlanes to replace rail?. IET Electrical Systems in Transportation, 13(1), article number e12061. doi: 10.1049/els2.12061


This paper evaluates various modes of transport against the dual requirements of Net-Zero carbon emissions and user convenience, in particular, speed of travel and cost of transportation. Results show that when operated across a whole country, battery-powered ePlanes have the lowest energy use as measured by well-to-wing efficiency of other high-speed transport systems such as the UKs HS2 and conventional diesel rail systems. This condition may not hold for extremely high passenger numbers per hour as seen in metropolitan areas with high density populations. Various proposed disruptive technologies lower cost of ownership when combined with changes in the transport paradigm that has rarely been explored in other papers.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution‐Non Commercial License, which permits use, distribution and reproductionin any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes. © 2023 The Authors. IET Electrical Systems in Transportation published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of The Institution of Engineering and Technology. IET Electr.Syst. Transp. 2023; e12061. of 9
Publisher Keywords: ePlane, high‐speed transport, hPlane, Net‐Zerotransport, well‐to‐wing, energy efficiency
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
T Technology > TF Railroad engineering and operation
T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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