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Transportation Energy

ALTERNATIVE FUEL VEHICLES

electric vehicleMany states are working to increase the use of alternative fuels to diversify the fuel mix, reduce dependency on imported oil, promote economic growth and decrease emissions. Read the January 2014 Legisbrief, “Transforming Transportation with Electricity” to find out how electricity could play a significant role in meeting these goals. View an updated chart of hybrid and electric vehicle incentives to see what states are doing to support alternative fuel vehicle adoption

 

A GUIDE FOR POLICYMAKERS

"NCSL's Transportation Energy for the Future: A Guide for Policymakers" report provides an overview of the many options available for long-term transportation energy solutions that tap local resources, develop new industries and shield economies from international oil market variability. A growing population and the need to move more goods are expected to increase transportation energy demand by 17 percent by 2035, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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OVERVIEW | TRANSPORTATION ENERGY

The transportation sector accounts for over one-quarter of total energy use in the United States. Most energy for transportation is provided by petroleum in the form of gasoline and diesel fuel. Alternative fuels such as ethanol, natural gas, biodiesel, hydrogen, and electricity are providing an increasing share of transportation energy, while improvements in engine technology and vehicle design are leading to higher efficiency and greater performance. Though gasoline and diesel continue to be the dominant transportation fuel, innovations in technology and policy promise to offer a more diverse set of transportation options for the future.

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