The Canberra Electric Highway would be a renewable energy powered transit system for Canberra. It would start with minor changes to turn one of the three existing lanes on the Belconnen to Civic road into a transit lane. Electrical mains power would then be provided to vehicles on the transit lane (initially hybrid diesel/electric busses). The electric power would be derived from Australian solar technology, wind or hydro renewable sources. Companies in China, India and other developing nations as well as researchers would be invited to collaborate to solve the transport problems of both the developed and developing nations. Smart Car and public transport research from Canberra would be used. Results would be presented at an international symposium on the electronic highway in Canberra in 2013.
This follows from a public forum in Sydney last Saturday and the invitation from the ACT government to suggest ways to celebrate Canberra's centenary.