Analysis Insights, August 2015: Sustainable Transportation

Debra Sandor, Scott Gossett

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NREL Analysis Insights mines our body of analysis work to synthesize topical insights and key findings. In this issue, we examine transportation systems, alternative fuels, and implications of increasing electrification of transit. Moving people and goods from point A to B has never been easier, but our current transportation systems also take a toll on our environment. Transportation currently accounts for 71% of total U.S. petroleum use and 33% of the nation's total carbon emissions. With new technology, can we make our transportation system cleaner and more cost effective? NREL is applying its analytical expertise and imagination to do just that. Solutions start with systems thinking. Connecting the dots between physical components - vehicles, fueling stations, and highways - and institutional components - traffic laws, regulations, and vehicle standards - helps illuminate solutions that address the needs of the transportation system's many stakeholders.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2015

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/BR-6A20-64046


  • analysis
  • batteries
  • battery
  • biomass
  • cities
  • fuel cells
  • fuels
  • hydrogen
  • lithium ion
  • manufacturing
  • planning
  • systems
  • transportation
  • urban


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