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Interoperable Transit Data: Enabling a shift to mobility as a service

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.


Autocomposites Commercialization Launchpad Kickoff Meeting: Post Meeting Report

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


Autocomposites Commercialization Launchpad Kickoff Meeting Pre-Read

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


A Farewell to Fossil Fuels: Answering the Energy Challenge

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.


Reinventing Fire Transportation Sector Methodology

Report or White Paper, 2011

This document provides RMI's methodology for the analysis of the transportation sector in Reinventing Fire.


Ultralight Vehicles: Non-Linear Correlations Between Weight and Safety

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.


Preface to the Chinese Edition of Winning the Oil Endgame

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.


Triple Safety: Lightweighting Automobiles to Improve Occupant, Highway, and Global Safety

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) highway safety. 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.


Dust to Dust's Assumptions About the Prius and the Hummer

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.


Follow-up to Oral Testimony at Hearing to Examine the Rise of Domestic Energy Prices

Letter, 2005

This letter was written as a follow up to the oral testimony by Amory Lovins to the Congressional Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. The letter outlines measures that would have a significant effect on U.S. demand for conventional petroleum. Lovins' proposed measures would add up to between a 5% and 9% reduction in the U.S. demand for conventional crude oil, and do so with little or no interruption of our way or quality of life. Lovins' measures target consumption by eliminating gas and diesel use by changing policy to make vehicle trips more efficient. The recommendation letter also includes proposed measures to increase the supply of energy.


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