Thursday, March 12, 2009

Green highway

Got this from Fast Company - The Alternative energy highway

Highways are currently dotted with gasoline fueling stations, but the highways of the future might be surrounded by alternative energy fueling stations . The first green highway may not even be that far away from reality, as the governers of Washington, Oregon, and California are mulling over a plan to outfit the Pacific Northwest's Interstate 5 with a series of alternative fuel stations from the Canadian Border all the way to Mexico.

The governors envision a revamped highway corridor with spots to swap or charge electric vehicle batteries, as well as stations for biodiesel, ethanol, hydrogen, and compressed natural gas refueling. Fueling stations and swap-out docks along the 1,382 mile "BC to Baja Green Highway" would be the first businesses allowed to operate at rest stops, and would not be charged rent until turning a profit.[FC]

Amazing - and ideas like these are one of the reasons why the US will continue to stay ahead of the world, recession or otherwise.

To expect something like this in India during our lifetimes is to be a pink eyed optimistic, but I am willing to be one. Given that the current government has completely screwed up the highway project it is almost unlikely that a government of this or similar dispensation will do anything along those lines. But private initiative can get it done. Or Narendra Modi in Gujarat.

My candidates for such highways in India - Bombay Goa or Bangalore Goa or both. Why? Ah-ha!

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