Fast and cheap transportation props up industrial societies, both for the moving of people and cargo. However, our transport networks are very wasteful of energy and utterly dependent on fossil fuels. In this series of articles, Low-tech Magazine critically examines the call for electrified vehicles, which depend on unsustainable batteries and infrastructures.
Much more important than the chosen power source is vehicle design: size, weight, speed, acceleration, and comfort level. Furthermore, public transport is more resource efficient, and we could electrify it without batteries.
The book’s second part deals with long-distance transportation: planes, trains, sailing ships, and ocean liners. By placing transportation technology in a historical context, Low-tech Magazine challenges our high-tech approach to sustainability and highlights the possibilities of alternative solutions.
- How to Downsize a Transport Network: the Chinese Wheelbarrow
- The Citroën 2CV: Cleantech from the 1940s
- The Status Quo of Electric Cars: Better Batteries, Same Range
- Electric Velomobiles: as Fast and Comfortable as Automobiles, but 80 times more Efficient
- Get Wired again: Trolleybuses and Trolleytrucks
- High Speed Trains are Killing the European Railway Network
- Life Without Airplanes: from London to New York in 3 Days and 12 Hours
- How to Design a Sailing Ship for the 21st Century?
How to downsize a transport network?, Kris De Decker, 166 pages, Low-tech Magazine, 2023.
Other thematic books in the series:
How to build a low-tech internet?, Kris De Decker, 162 pages, Low-tech Magazine, 2023.
The Low-tech Magazine archives are also available as a chronological series consisting of three volumes.