E-Path is an infrastructure proposal that facilitates electrification of the North American rail network while providing the right of way for the electrical transmission infrastructure needed to access the large amount of wind energy in the center of the continent.
E-Path leverages an electrified rail network to provide an evolutionary pathway to fully autonomous intermodal rail service as well as a means to electrify commercial trucking. The intermodal carriages carry their own electric drive train that powers the rear set of wheels. 4 deployable, low friction steel wheels carry the weight when on rails. Initially, carriages would be towed on roads with conventional truck tractors. However, next generation tractors could be developed to leverage the electromotive drive train in the rear of the trailer, and in doing so provide a more efficient form of motive power.