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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 transformational change in automotive efficiency, design of buildings and factories, and the electric system.
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)
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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.
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.
Book or Book Chapter, 2004
The Executive Summary of Winning the Oil Endgame
briefly outlines RMI's strategic plan to end oil dependence by the 2040s.
Journal or Magazine Article, 2004
Lightweighting is the key to making vehicles superefficient and safe. In this invited technical review paper in the International Journal of Vehicle Design
, Amory Lovins and David Cramer explain why, using as an example Hypercar's 2000 virtual design of the Revolution 99-mpg SUV. The paper also shows how Hypercar's Fiberforge process promises to achieve that goal at competitive cost, and how this manufacturing breakthrough can accelerate an exciting new stage in automaking and the emergence of the hydrogen economy.