A Street Car Named Energy


            Cars are one of the most well-known causes of greenhouse emissions and climate change, and the push for change is coming faster than ever with the introduction of all-electric cars. Sadly this revolution is taking time since we're trying to invent new ways of going electric despite already having the technology and potential infrastructure. How you may ask, here's a hint it has something to do with streetcars. 


        Let us start with how a streetcar functions. Streetcars are all-electric and they run along main roads powered solely by electric overhead wires. They take this electricity and use it to power its metal wheels. The reason streetcars have metal wheels is to ground the large amounts of electricity they receive and prevent electrocution of surrounding creatures. Streetcars have one or more overhead poles that run along with the electric wire gathering electricity. Typically streetcars need only one pole to run because the steel wheels and tracks are enough to ground electricity. However, there is such a thing as streetcars with tires. They do this by using two overhead poles, one for electricity and the other for grounding. 


        You can probably see where I'm going with this. Why not apply this to cars. Well even if we could, there are a few challenges, but I believe they can be overcome. Challenges that I thought of, including the natural height of cars, would mean that the wires would have to be lowered but this can pose safety risks to the surrounding people. Another is where we would get the infrastructure and initial cost to implement such a program. Before I delve into the above I have some variations on the initial idea.


        Now the first iteration is why not use this as a way to charge your cars instead of them solely running off these wires. Imagine this-you're driving your electric car and you are low on battery and need a way to quickly charge your car. Let us say you are on a highway, imagine shifting to the "charging lane” and out from your car comes 2 poles that attach to the live wire, and then as you commute it charges your car. Once you’ve gotten sufficient battery power you disconnect and continue driving. Now put this on regular roads and then electric cars will rule. See the thing is this power that these wires use can come from renewable sources and thus help to combat the climate change problem. 


        Another iteration is that if you leave cars out of the picture and have a permanent pole system for all buses and trucks and any other vehicle that always goes from point A to B. That would still make a great difference. It has to be a point A to B vehicle because it needs to have a dedicated line and always travel in that direction deviations from the line would be infeasible due to additional costs and switching lines with this technology.



        This is just me putting an idea out there if you think it works or it has potential, Share it. If there's a flaw, comment down below and we can have a good convo. Thanks for reading. Stay frosty!


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