Transforming Transportation with Electricity
By Kristy Hartman and Jaime Rall | Vol . 22, No. 3 / January 2014
Transporting people and goods affordably is vital to the nation’s economy, yet the transportation sector faces risks due to uncertain oil supplies and price volatility. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, approximately two-thirds of all oil consumed in the United States is used for transportation. In 2011, 93 percent of transport fuels came from petroleum—making the nation’s transportation energy system far from diverse. Many states are working to increase the use of alternative fuels such as electricity, natural gas and biofuels to diversify the fuel mix, reduce dependency on imported oil, promote economic growth and decrease emissions.
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