Upgrading Infrastructure

Upgrading Energy & Transport Infrastructure in the US

Upgrading Infrastructure

President Biden is prioritizing legislation that ensures the U.S. will be heavily investing in public transportation, railway networks, clean energy, distributed energy resources, electric grid infrastructure and microgrids – all of which build resiliency and are crucial to reducing carbon emissions.

An ambitious project of this size and scope will require private sector partners capable of driving the modernization of America’s infrastructure. Hitachi’s experience in creating reliable railway networks, resilient and sustainable power grids, efficient electric vehicles and charging infrastructure, and reliable public transportation will prove instrumental in equipping America with the modern infrastructure it needs.

With its lower carbon footprint, railway travel is increasingly viewed as a potential answer to America’s transportation needs. Hitachi has been active in the railway sector for 100 years. Only by combining the power of AI and digital integration with traditional engineering expertise, can we transform whole mobility systems for passengers.

Hitachi has designed and is building the first ever fully-automated, driverless urban transit system in the U.S. in Honolulu, Hawaii. For San Francisco Bay Areas Rapid Transit District (BART), it’s installing the latest generation of technology that allows trains to safely operate on tighter schedules, increasing capacity and improving services. For the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), Hitachi is installing high-definition cameras, digital screens and real-time information to help increase capacity and improve services. Hitachi takes a holistic view of mobility. By connecting engineering and digital solutions throughout the entire transportation system, our Mobility as a Service (MaaS) offering aims to create seamless passenger travel.

Power grids across North America are aging, and modernizing this infrastructure is a critical priority. The widespread power outage in Texas in February 2021 reminded us once again of the importance of a resilient power grid that can deliver power reliably and efficiently from suppliers to consumers, while effectively sharing power between regions, often across long distances. Hitachi is poised to support the construction of reliable and efficient long-distance intraregional power transmission and distribution lines to cover large areas of territory by leveraging reliable high-voltage direct current (HVDC) and flexible alternating current transmission systems (FACT) technologies, better energy storage and microgrid systems, and digital technologies for management and control of these systems.

President Biden has an ambitious vision of a greener future, and the U.S. is working to set ambitious targets to make half of all new vehicles sold in 2030 and beyond zero-emission vehicles. As sustainability plays a key role in America’s strategy to combat climate change, the need to prioritize the development of EV-related infrastructure will increase. Hitachi is poised for growth and expansion because it has the ability to offer a turnkey solution to fleet operators providing services across the value chain, including an innovative grid-to-plug EV fleet charging system and asset management services.