Clean Energy Transition for Transportation Systems: Modeling Implications

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Transportation is currently the least-diversified energy demand sector, with over 90% of energy use coming from petroleum. As a result, transportation recently became the largest source of GHG emissions in the U.S. and mobility needs for passenger and freight are growing rapidly. However, after over a century of petroleum dominance, new disruptive technologies and business models offer a pathway to decarbonize the sector. Transportation is at a turning point. On the horizon lies a future where affordable and abundant renewable electricity can be used to power cost-competitive battery electric vehicles (EVs) and produce energy-dense low-carbon fuels enabling to fully decarbonize transportation systems across all modes. Exploring the clean energy transition for the multitude of different transportation systems requires new analytical modeling and approaches. This talk reviewed current work at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to develop and use innovative tools and analytics approaches to inform the transformation to a sustainable mobility future and the integration of transportation systems with the broader energy sector.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages17
StatePublished - 2022

Publication series

NamePresented at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) Scenario Forum, 20-22 June 2022, Laxenburg, Austria

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-5400-83598


  • clean energy transition
  • sustainable mobility


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