Scott Benjamin

High Speed Stuff Wrap-up: Plug-in Hybrids and High-speed Trains

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Well, I guess it's time for another High Speed Stuff wrap-up, right? You know, the one day of the week we set aside to give you a quick rundown of what Ben and I have been up to on our High Speed Stuff podcast over the past few days. So, without further delay, here's what you can expect to find on iTunes...

As you're probably aware, there's more than one type of hybrid car out there. Actually, there are several varieties available right now. You can find mild hybrids, full hybrids, series hybrids, parallel hybrids, diesel hybrids and the type that we discussed on Tuesday, plug-in hybrids. In fact, over the next few years you can expect to see several new plug-in hybrid car models arriving on the showroom floor. So, if you're not quite up-to-speed on plug-in hybrid car technology, or even if you are and you simply want to be entertained for a little while, I suggest you give this episode a few minutes of your time.

On Thursday, Ben and I moved the discussion off the roadway -- and onto rails! We talked about high-speed trains. Now, I'm not going to lie to you: It wasn't until I was preparing myself for this podcast that I learned just how fast these high-speed trains can actually travel. The speeds absolutely floored me! The very idea that these land-bound missiles (fully loaded with passengers, nonetheless) are crossing entire countries at a pace much faster than a Formula One car at top speed is just beyond my comprehension. Of course watching a video clip of the (conventional train) record-breaking run helps. And by the way, if you really want to get a feel for the speed this train is moving, pay careful attention to this video beginning at about the 3:20 mark. Yup, that train is traveling across the French countryside at 357 miles per hour. Now that's fast!! And yes, the Magnetic Levitation (Maglev) trains in Japan are slightly faster -- but only just. In fact, the Maglev record is only 4 miles per hour faster than the conventional train record. Anyway, you should listen in on this episode if you want the low-down on some of the fastest trains in the world.

So, that's what's happening on the High Speed Stuff podcast this week. If you'd like, head on over to iTunes and give it a listen right now. Why not? It's free. Just don't forget while you're there to take the opportunity to browse through some of our older episodes and give us a little feedback. You can also let us know what you think in the comment section below, or if you'd rather send us an e-mail, you can do that, too. Ben always reads the address at the end of each podcast.

Podcast-related stuff: 5 Plug-in Hybrids -- Arriving Soon How Plug-In Hybrid Cars Work How Formula One Works How Maglev Trains Work HowStuffWorks Videos - "Hyperspeed: World's Fastest Train"