Sunday, February 1, 2009
Bombardier has recently announced the development of a catenary-free light rail/tram system that is safer than traditional systems, and has also been found to be up to 30% more energy efficient in testing. While there as yet appear to be no details on when the system will be commercially available of what the cost of the system will be, it does raise an interesting question. As the U.S. looks for solutions to reduce carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency, will products such as the Primove be able to gain a significant market in U.S. cities? It seems that between the likely future increase of oil prices, desire to reduce traffic congestion, a need for more efficient solutions, and the ever-present concern for safety, that this could be an ideal time for this type of product to make a positive impact in our automobile-loving country.