Solar-Powered Mobility


Within a Solar Budget: Solar Personal Rapid Transit in Boston will solve problems of congestion, pollution, gas prices and climate risks while saving families a car payment per month. The Town of Secaucus, NJ has signed a Letter of Intent to allow JPods, Inc. to build the world’s first solar-powered mobility network from Secaucus Junction train station to near Giant Stadium.  Construction of a test section is underway.

The Challenge. Gasoline vehicles cause huge problems.

  • Cars take up space—both for parking and by dominating roadways.
  • Cars cost us time–paying attention to driving, sitting in traffic, and parking. Buses are slow.
  • Vehicles killed 1.24 million people in our world in 2013.
  • Gas vehicles emit 27% of the greenhouse gases in the United States, which along with emissions from other uses of fossils fuels and similar emissions in other countries, are causing catastrophic changes in climate that threaten life on Earth.

The Search.  Judeth Van Hamm reports, “When I first looked for a form of zero-emission transportation for the town of Hull, MA where I live, I found electric rubber-wheel trolleys.  However, I discovered that even if the town received a grant to purchase the vehicles, it would take a passenger in every seat on every trip to pay for the drivers plus a battery-maintenance person.  It was not going to happen with vehicles that end up going only 12 mph with 20 to 30 minutes between runs.  I searched the Internet and found advanced transit and one company that offered a solar version of Personal Rapid Transit.”

The Solution. Solar Personal Rapid Transit (SolarPRT) by JPods solves the problems of gasoline vehicles.

  • JPods free up the road for pedestrians, bicycles, and neighborhood vehicles.
  • JPods take you directly to your destination at 37 mph with no stops along the way.  Your time is your own to use.  There is always a pod waiting for you.
  • JPods are safe.  The system meets the superior strict standards developed by the amusement ride industry.   Video monitors in pods and stations ensure personal safety.
  • JPods are powered directly by the sun when it is shining.  Excess power from when the sun is shining is stored to use when it is dark. JPods hopes to help lead to a stable world climate and sea level: 1) by creating a shift in transportation to solar power, bicycling and walking to cut three-quarters of the 27% of greenhouse gas emissions from transportation and 2) by expanding the use of solar systems with power storage for buildings and thus cutting a substantial portion of the 34% of greenhouse gas emissions from central fossil-fuel power plants.
  • JPods are fun.  They will attract people to enjoy the experience.

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7 thoughts on “Solar-Powered Mobility

  1. Solar is finally going mainstream and what better way to do so than with PRT J Pods.
    So proud to be part of Judith’s South Shore team.
    Please keep me updated on your progress and any way I can help.
    Thanks for making things happen.

  2. Contact me if you want I was designing identical PRT systems in the early 1980s and some 15,000 research hours latter might be able to do better. The problem is to develop efficient long service live self lowering body or pod systems so all access can be station free from ground level. The next problem is how to build guide-ways at same day access to right of way sites at around one to five miles every day at under $500,000 a mile in operation by the end of that same day and not use one road vehicle or heavy equipment to carry out construction which is all from the guide-way. Next problem is to fully automate design decisions allowing adjacent property owners to decide how they want their access and right of way placement with mostly fully automated mediation with nearly zero human administrative cost. Jim at 402-416-5235 anytime night or day

    • John–Please let me know where you live. We are creating a network of supporters to pass High Performance Standards for the Massachusetts Commonwealth and municipalities. My email address is on the Who We Are page. Thank you.

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