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A Farewell to Fossil Fuels: Answering the Energy Challenge

Green Footstep is an online assessment tool for reducing carbon emissions from building construction projects and is publicly available at greenfootstep.org. The Green Footstep tool guides the user through the process of life cycle carbon assessment, and then reveals how users can theoretically reduce the net carbon emissions. Some description…

Project Get Ready: Menu for Community Plug-In Readiness

Project Get Ready is an initiative that helps communities become electrified vehicle pioneers. This document outlines the actions communities should take to be ready for plug-in vehicles, and approximate costs of each action. This paper provides a summary of system-wide costs, benefits, and jobs. It also describes the role of…

Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles and Environmentally Beneficial Load Building: Implications on California’s Revenue Adjustment Mechanism

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles are poised to allow, for the first time, large-scale interaction between the transportation and electric utility sectors. Electricity is a more efficient vehicle fuel than are liquid fossil fuels, and it can reduce system-wide greenhouse-gas emissions by transferring energy demand and emissions from the transportation to…

Transformational Trucks: Determining the Energy Efficiency Limits of a Class-8 Tractor Trailer

Feasible technological improvements in vehicle efficiency, combined with “long combination vehicles” (which raise productivity by connecting multiple trailers), can potentially raise the ton-mile efficiency of long-haul heavy tractor-trailers by a factor ~2.5 with respect to a baseline of 130 ton-miles/gal. Within existing technological and logistical constraints, these innovations (which do…

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

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…