A recent post by our sister site, The Verge, provided a history of the US’s early efforts to build a carrier network for trans-Pacific freight, which was then the focus of a recent documentary film, Electron, by John Lasseter and Evan Williams.
In the film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this month, Lassetter and Williams recount their experience of getting the US Department of Transportation (DOT) to let them use a new technology for a project that had long been in the works.
“I think that if you had been there when this idea first came about and you’d asked, ‘what do you want to build?’ and they said, ‘well, we don’t have the money,'” Lassettet told the Verge.
“And you say, ‘yeah, well, how do we build it?’ and then they go, ‘we have a patent, we have a license from a company, we’re going to license the patent.’
And then they come back with the license to build it.”
In a statement, the DOT said the DOT has not yet made a decision on whether to license Electron’s technology, but it has been in discussions with Electron for some time.
“The DOT has had discussions with both Electron and the manufacturer of the vehicle over the past year,” the DOT statement said.
“We have not yet been able to make a decision, but we will continue to work with both companies as we develop a more definitive plan for future transportation technology.”
Electron has also received funding from the US government, and the company has received some regulatory backing from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), as well.
In September, the FAA awarded a $3 million grant to Electron to develop an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that can transport cargo on a carrier-like network of high-speed trains.
“It’s a really exciting time to be working on these technologies,” said Lasset, who will join the company as its CEO in December.
“If you look at the transportation history, it’s pretty clear that we’re in this for the long haul, and we’ve got a lot of opportunities in front of us.”
Electrons goal The Electron company’s vision for a transport system for transboundary freight was to make the process of shipping goods by rail as simple as possible by utilizing electric rail, which uses a magnetic field to separate the magnetic fields of the rails and the load.
The Electrons system relies on magnets and electric current to separate and separate the load from the magnets, creating a magnetic gradient between the magnets.
The magnetic field is then applied to a magnetically conductive surface and drives a mechanical actuator that can be manipulated by the driver.
Electron describes the system in its patent application as a “superconducting magnetic transport system.”
In essence, the system would be a network of interconnected magnetic tracks that would be driven by magnetic field pulses.
The system would then connect to a network and transport the load by means of electric trains.
The company’s patent describes a number of ways in which Electron could use magnetic fields to separate loads from magnets.
“A typical magnetic field would be directed towards a magnetic object,” the patent states.
“Electrons system would include a network interface where the magnetic field could be applied to an electrically conducting surface to drive a magnetic motor and a servo motor which drives a fixed electric arm to drive the electric train.
The servo motors can also be applied electrically to a mechanical device such as a rail, and these servos can be used to drive electrical motors.”
The system could also include a combination of electric and magnetic motors to provide a range of speeds and speeds, the patent explains.
“In a conventional magnetic transport network, the load moves by magnetically coupled electrical lines,” the patents states.
In Electron Systems’ vision, the rail network would be connected by rail to an electric rail system that would then deliver the load to the terminal where it would be picked up by an electric train that would deliver the rail to the next station.
In addition to electrifying the rail system, the company envisions a fleet of “smart rail cars” that would enable passengers to pay by card, or be tracked by satellite, and would then be used as part of a “mobile-transport network.”
“In Electron vehicles, the magnetic flux between the magnetic rail and the electrically charged magnetic train is transmitted via an electromagnetic coupling to an electromechanical device to create a magnetic attraction,” the company states.
The patent also envisions using electric rail to transport passengers in a “freight train,” where a train would be electrically connected to an existing rail network to deliver the train to the destination.
Electrons concept also envies a future where the train can be “sink-trucked” to take cargo off the rails.
“By using electromech