Tagged with Alternative Fuel Vehicles

On the Road Toward 2050: Potential for Substantial Reductions in Light-Duty Vehicle Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

MIT Energy Initiative http://mitei.mit.edu/publications/reports-studies/on-the-road-toward-2050 [Green Car Congress]  A new MIT Energy Initiative report spearheaded by John Heywood, Sun Jae Professor of Mechanical Engineering Emeritus at MIT, identifies three important paths forward reducing light-duty vehicle energy use and greenhouse gas emissions: improve the existing system and technologies for shorter-term benefits; conserve fuel by changing driver habits … Continue reading

Hydrogen Permitting Guidebook

State of California, Office of Business Development http://business.ca.gov/Programs/Permits/HydrogenStationPermitting.aspx [Green Car Congress]  The California Governor’s Office of Business Development has published the first edition of a guidebook to help smooth the process of hydrogen station development. Aimed at station developers, permitting officials and AHJs, the guidebook provides insights and lessons captured from the past two years of … Continue reading

Cost, Effectiveness and Deployment of Fuel Economy Technologies for Light-Duty Vehicles

National Research Council http://bit.ly/1JXhvd8 The light-duty vehicle fleet is expected to undergo substantial technological changes over the next several decades. New powertrain designs, alternative fuels, advanced materials and significant changes to the vehicle body are being driven by increasingly stringent fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission standards. By the end of the next decade, cars … Continue reading

Environmental Assessment of a Full Electric Transportation Portfolio

Electric Power Research Institute http://www.epri.com/abstracts/Pages/ProductAbstract.aspx?ProductId=3002006881 [NRDC] The Environmental Assessment of a Full Electric Transportation Portfolio, by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the NRDC, confirms that fueling transportation through electricity instead of petroleum can significantly reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) and other air pollutants that threaten our environment and health… [Forbes]  Modeling done … Continue reading

Comparison of Life Cycle Greenhouse Gases from Natural Gas Pathways for Light-Duty Vehicles

Energy & Fuels (August 3, 2015;  DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.5b01063)  / by Fan Tong, at al. http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.energyfuels.5b01063 [Green Car Congress] According to a new lifecycle analysis by a team at Carnegie Mellon University, a battery electric vehicle (BEV) powered with natural gas-based electricity achieves around an average 40% lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction when compared to … Continue reading

Electric Vehicle Benefits and Costs in the United States

Carnegie Mellon University http://www.cmu.edu/epp/policy-briefs/briefs/Electric-Vehicles-Costs-Benefits.pdf [Green Car Congress]  Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have published two new policy briefs, along with accompanying videos, about the benefits of electrified vehicles and the potential for their adoption in the US. The briefs condense the findings of a number of recent papers coming out of the CMU group … Continue reading

The Future of Low-Carbon Road Transport: What Role for Second-Generation Biofuels?

Rapporteur’s Report, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/publication/25497/future_of_lowcarbon_road_transport.html [Overview] The promise, prospects, and public policy trade-offs related to second-generation biofuels in road transport were addressed in an executive session convened at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, on April 7 and 8, 2015. The … Continue reading

Influence of Methane Emissions and Vehicle Efficiency on the Climate Implications of Heavy-Duty Natural Gas Trucks

Environmental Science and Technology (May 19, 2015; doi: 10.1021/acs.est.5b00412) / by Jonathan R. Camuzeaux, et al. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.5b00412 [Green Car Congress]  A study by a team from the Environmental Defense Fund, in collaboration with a colleague from the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy at Columbia University has found that while switching a heavy-duty truck fleet from diesel … Continue reading