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

Riley, Paul H.; Degano, Michele; Gerada, Chris

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Paul H. Riley

Professor of Advanced Electrical Machines


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.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 14, 2022
Online Publication Date Jan 6, 2023
Publication Date 2023-03
Deposit Date May 19, 2023
Publicly Available Date May 19, 2023
Journal IET Electrical Systems in Transportation
Print ISSN 2042-9738
Electronic ISSN 2042-9746
Publisher Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Issue 1
Article Number 12061
Keywords ePlane, high‐speed transport, hPlane, Net‐Zero transport, well‐to‐wing energy efficiency
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Additional Information © 2023 The Authors. IET Electrical Systems in Transportation published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of The Institution of Engineering and Technology.
This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes.


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