Tesla Locomotive

Disclaimer: this is not an article about an actual Tesla product (at least not yet; you never know what’s up Elon Musk’s far-reaching and ambitious sleeves). 

Imagine with me for a moment. There are no cables running above or alongside train tracks as currently with electric powered trains. There are no diesel laced clouds of exhaust as with current gasoline based locomotives (themselves a major improvement over coal powered engines). There is also no loud revving or idling; trains hum slightly when leaving a station and whir a bit but that’s all. 

If cars and trucks and now big rigs can make the shift to EVs, are trains far behind? Commuter routes are still out of reach given the need for longer ranges and quicker recharging times. Shorter shuttle-type routes like a run from parking lot to airport are more likely in the near term. However, as technology improves there’s a chance massive batteries in a locomotive may one day take you from home to work and back on traditional commuter rail lines.