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Transportation Energy

ELECTRIC VEHICLE INCENTIVES

electric vehicleApproximately 93 percent of the nation's transportation sector depends on oil, making the U.S. transportation system far from diverse. However, electricity may play an important role to change the transportation energy mix. This October 2014 web brief highlights state, local and utility incentives to promote hybrid and electric vehicle adoption. The web brief also addresses state concerns regarding the effect that the growing use of electric vehicles may have on funding for transportation infrastructure.

 

TRANSPORTING CRUDE OIL BY RAIL

oil transport trainCrude oil producers are increasingly relying on rail to carry oil to domestic markets. The rapid growth in rail transportation, however, has focused attention on safety issues, especially after several recent accidents. This web brief highlights the increase in crude oil rail transportation and how state and federal officials are addressing safety concerns.

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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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