Blittersdorf would power commuter train with Tesla batteries - VT Business Magazine

What to do with the aging self-propelled diesel commuter train cars he bought? Green entrepreneur David Blittersdorf announced recently he wants to add electric Tesla batteries as a power source. Major challenges of costly retooling and track replacement remain, however.

“In November AllEarth Rail applied to the Department of Environmental Conservation for a grant that would help finance the prototypical replacement of a diesel engine with electric motive power in one of AllEarth's DMUs. The DEC grant funding would come from Vermont's share of a 2016 settlement between the US government and Volkswagen that resolved the latter's violation of air pollution laws. Portions of the $18.7 million Vermont received are being allocated to an electric bus pilot project and a project to build infrastructure – charging stations – for private cars; a $4 million tranche is available for the program for which AllEarth has applied.”

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  • David Flemming
    published this page in The News 2021-01-28 16:51:19 -0500