Transportation

Transportation

In this chapter, we'll look at how you can move yourself and your things in a post peak world.

Moving People

For short trips, people will obviously walk much more. To arrive faster, you might want to consider:

If you already have a bike, this book may help with the conversion.

The most powerful conversion kit we've come across so far is the Cyclone because it does not use a hub motor and it retains the rear gear wheel. The EcoSpeeds seem worthwhile, too, although we haven't tested those like we did the Cyclone. 

Running a car will become very expensive and you'll wait in long lines to get gas for it — when it's available. The next section if for people determined to run a car in a post peak world. However, we think the days of the individual owning a car are numbered and we should quickly build mass transit systems, especially rail. (Rail is far more energy efficient than most other forms of transportation.)

Electric Cars

If you are determined to have a car and are mechanically inclined, you might want to convert your car to electric with the help of this book.

If your car it too heavy or you own an automatic, you'll need to buy a used car with a manual transmission first. These people have a good list of the cars that convert well. You might also want to peruse this Electric Vehicle (EV) album, some of the conversions are very creative and the electric vehicle community is unfailingly generous with their time and knowledge. Look for a chapter of the Electric Vehicle Association near you.

Chances are that if you've bought a Toyota Prius, you know that it's possible to purchase a battery pack to extend its electric-only range. A battery manufacturer with a good reputation and quality product is A123 Systems. Their battery pack will give your Prius enough electricity to operate another 12 miles on pure electricity. (You will generally get more range from a ground-up electric car; the Prius is heavy.)

As for commercial electric cars, we don't think it's wise to wait for them. They will enter the market in such small quantities and the demand will be so high that the probability of you getting one is going to be very small.

Moving Goods

For small loads going a short distance, you'll want either a wagon, a cart or a hand truck.

When the distance is more than a person or two can pull, you'll want a wagon that can be attached to an electric vehicle.

For very short distances, two people can move heavy objects using moving strap or a dolly.

For very big loads and long distances, that's where rail transport comes in; you'll find a very good overview here

Storing Gasoline

If you have an ICE (internal combustion engine) car, you may want to store gasoline or diesel as a backup to long lines and shortages. If you do, follow these safety guidelines or you may cause extensive fire damage. For example, I strongly recommend that you do not store gasoline in glass jugs in an apartment building, like this couple did.

Gasoline without stabilization will turn stale and form sedimentation. You may get lucky and be able to use old gasoline, like this person discovered, but it's better to keep rotating your gasoline every six months and use a gasoline stabilizer. When you use the gasoline, be careful not to start a static discharge fire. Purdue University describes how to prevent that from happening.

I've bought the 5 gallon red metal can and will be filling it with fuel on my next fill up.