Solar powered bullet train proposed for Arizona
Arizona is a good place to tap into solar power, and this proposal for a solar train that would travel from Tucson to Phoenix does exactly that. The concept is a high speed solar train, that would cover the distance in just 30 minutes, traveling at a maximum speed of 220mph, powered solely by the sun.
Bill Gaither and Raymond Wright have set up SolarBullet LLC in Tucson and hope to build the solar train that would run on four tracks and require 110 MegaWatts of electricity to operate. The electric needs would be provided by the overhead solar panels on the tracks. The Tucson-Phoenix connection is just the first phase, they envision to extend it further to the Grand Canyon and Nogales. The costs involved though, are extremely high; the first phase alone would cost $27 billion.