Energy Intensity of Passenger Travel

Catching up on my magazines.  Interesting one pager in IEEE Spectrum.  Was surprised that cars are about the same as airplanes, energy wise on a per person, per mile basis. Also surprised that modern high speed trains beat both by 10x.

Fast Trains Are Energy Efficient (And Fast)

Cars and planes make sense for short and long distances, but for intercity travel, they don’t even come close to fast trains

 

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