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Transportation - Cars 22 Items
Report or White Paper, 2015
Personal mobility in the U.S. is dominated by personally owned vehicles, accounting for more than 80 percent of trips. Personally owned vehicles produce 15 percent of U.S. and 10 percent of global emissions, account for 30 percent of global oil combustion, sit unused over 95 percent of their lives, and consume 27 percent of income in U.S. median- income households. A mobility system dominated by—and often reliant upon—costly personal vehicles leaves many lower-income individuals and families without access to affordable mobility.
Report or White Paper, 2013
• Manufacturing demonstration equipment and standard test rigs
• A launchpad for competitive, application-specific commercialization projects
A clearing house for aligning academic, private, and government R&D with industry needs
• A center for developing and proving out solutions to collective R&D challenges such as joining
• A source for material data
• Initial launchpad goals are to
• Produce a commercialization
timeline and plan for a specific high-volume automotive application
• Identify means of addressing remaining technological and investment gaps to commercialization
• Identify and assign initial team roles and responsibilities
Report or White Paper, 2013
￼Respondents were from across the supply chain: OEMs, Tier 1s, material suppliers, equipment and tooling suppliers, government, universities, national labs, and industry consultants.
18 of 21 respondents indicated they are “very interested” in a carbon fiber composite part commercialization effort
Respondents were willing to contribute to the effort:
14 said they could support with in-kind equipment, material, or labor 3 said they could support with a direct financial contribution
Journal or Magazine Article, 2012
In this article published in Foreign Affairs, Amory Lovins describes a U.S. transition from fossil fuels--a blueprint detailed in Reinventing Fire-- that requires pursuing three agendas. First, radical automotive efficiency can make electrification affordable and save fuel in heavy vehicles; and all vehicles can be used more productively. Second, new designs can make buildings and factories several times more efficient than they are now. Third, modernizing the electric system to make it diverse, distributed, and renewable can also make it clean, reliable and secure. Getting the U.S. off fossil fuels would transform its foreign policy, and turbocharge global development. He argues that we don't have to wait for congress to seize these opportunities.
This article is also available to read at Foreign Affairs.
Report or White Paper, 2011
This document provides RMI's methodology for the analysis of the transportation sector in Reinventing Fire.
Journal or Magazine Article, 2008
Development of dramatically lightweight and fuel-efficient vehicles has been slowed by perceptions that lighter vehicles are less safe. This conference paper describes RMI's virtually modeled ultralight concept vehicle that met NHTSA safety requirements, and shows how lightweighting the fleet can accelerate progress towards “Triple Safety”—protection from climate change, drivers themselves, and other road users.
Book or Book Chapter, 2008
In the preface to the Chinese edition to Winning the Oil Endgame
, Amory Lovins puts the book in context for the Chinese audience. Winning the Oil Endgame
offers a strategy for ending US oil dependence.
Journal or Magazine Article, 2008
Automobilesʼ negative impact on human health and welfare includes traffic-related deaths and injuries as well as the deaths and injuries caused by automobilesʼ contribution to climate change and other global environmental degradation. This paper explores solutions that both enhance vehicle performance and
reduce environmental impacts, and focuses on demonstrating the ability of lightweight vehicles to provide such a solution. Some controversy exists around the question of whether lighter and more fuel-efficient vehicles can be as safe as traditional vehicles. Recent research reviewed in this paper indicates that several solutions exist that can both improve efficiency and
thereby global safety, and maintain (or even improve)
SAE Paper 2008-01-1282 © 2008 SAE International. This paper is posted on this site with permission from SAE International. As a user of this site, you are permitted to view this paper on-line, and print one copy of this paper at no cost for your use only. This paper may not be copied, distributed or forwarded to others for further use without permission from SAE.
Report or White Paper, 2007
In 2007, CNW published a study called "Dust to Dust" in which they report the results of a life cycle analysis that compared the environmental impact of a Toyota Prius and a Hummer H3. The report claims that the Prius has a greater environmental impact than the H3. In response to this report, RMI authors performed a life cycle analysis using the widely-accepted GREET model established by Argonne National Laboratory. The results of the RMI analysis show that even in conditions favorable to the H3, the environmental impact of the Prius is still lower than that of the H3. This report describes the findings in detail.
Report or White Paper, 2005
Traditional policy prescriptions for transportation efficiency have been largely misguided. With smarter legislation, the auto industry can restore competitiveness, boost profits, and displace oil use. The economic burden of high oil prices, concerns of supply and security, and environmental impact are justifiable reasons for state governments to act now. This report lays out several plans for state governments to pursue profitably. These plans include providing incentives to drivers of alternative fuel vehicles and hybrid vehicles, mandating state procurement of efficient vehicles, adopt a labeling program for low rolling resistance tires, requiring pay-at-the-pump insurance, and the establishment of a feebate program.