The future of mobility is here and in the next decade we expect to see a significant amount of change in the way we design, fuel and use our transport. We are already seeing companies like Virgin, carry out the first human passenger test of their Hyperloop capsules, capture the public’s imagination by giving them an insight into what the future of travel and mobility might look like.
While Hyperloop travel may still seem like science fiction and has many years of testing and hurdles to overcome before becoming a reality, the truth is we are already making significant strides towards sustainable, future-ready mobility.
Many train networks around the world are now running solely off electricity, while in the UK we are already testing battery and hydrogen powered trains. Electric planes for regional interconnection are no longer a distant dream and a significant amount of work has already been completed to develop electric ferries.
While the energy infrastructure behind these innovative and sustainable modes of transport does not grab headlines, it is an essential foundation for their future success. We believe while designing and preparing for future mobility, we must address the 5Cs:
The rate and duration for which the energy has to be delivered drives the energy infrastructure requirements.
The price tag of the infrastructure has to be kept within economic boundaries in order for the commercial business case to work.
In order to meet net zero carbon targets, it is vital we ensure that we are energising the new system from zero-carbon resources.
The solution has to be highly reliable and safe to use, consistently providing the desired results.
The solution should be useful for a number of vehicles types, from different manufacturers and of varying size.
The transport sector plays an important role in our lives. It boosts economic growth, brings employment and business opportunities and binds us together as one nation. Benefiting from the advancements in digitisation and data sharing, renewable energy resources, alternative fuel options including battery storage and hydrogen, automation and connectivity like 5G, we can develop mobility services that are safe, secure and carbon free by design.
With changing employment opportunities, healthcare needs, tourism and social interactions, the demand for transport is also expected to change. Through our track record of carrying out projects with railways, ports and airports, not only we have recognised the 5Cs but we have also developed innovative designs and solutions to address different challenges. By adopting a people-centric approach, making the best use of available technologies and addressing the 5Cs, we can truly meet the overall needs and expectations of the future of mobility.