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Magnetic Train Proposed: Detroit To Lansing Michigan - Hydrogen and Solar Energy Powered

04/18/2009 05:12 am 05:12:02 | Updated May 25, 2011

Conceptual details include cars built by the "Detroit Three automakers" and somehow - this is not well communicated in press coverage, so don't hold me to the details - "solar energy to power hydrogen batteries". The developers are leveraging appeal by proposing that "tracks also would serve as conduits for fiber-optic lines and other utilities". Looks like a made in Detroit "car" that requires tandem tracks to shuttle back and forth, turning rest stops on the current highway into multi-modal stations. Because, as proposed, a station will be located "at every freeway interchange along I-96," this train would promote sprawl, as commuters from small towns and cities along the route would able to "drive and park". This quote from Free Press is technologically cryptic: Magnetic trains are used in a few other countries, but those systems use conventional electric power, not solar-powered hydrogen batteries, Sutton said. Alternatively, "electric batteries" could be located along the line, to power the train car electric motors via wire, such that elemental hydrogen is not stored aboard. 1

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