Securing America's Future Energy

Innovations in Transportation

Currently, oil accounts for 92 percent of the energy that powers the U.S. transportation sector. The time has come to end this near-total dependence by accelerating the transition to domestically sourced, affordable, reliable fuel alternatives.

Natural gas trucks are playing a growing role in offsetting oil consumption by heavy duty truck fleets.

Natural gas is well-suited to fuel many commercial and municipal truck fleets because it provides:

  • An abundant source of domestic fuel
  • Significant cost benefits over gasoline and diesel fuel
  • Convenience for fleets through centralized fueling infrastructure
  • Efficiency advantages

Medium- and heavy-duty vehicles account for 22 percent of the energy used in the transportation sector, and petroleum usage in this sector is expected to rise as demand for heavy-duty mobility grows through both number of vehicles and vehicle miles traveled. The United States should act to offset this projected increase in petroleum demand.

Widespread adoption of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) would put an end to oil’s stranglehold on the U.S. transportation system, resulting in a dramatic improvement in American energy security.  Specifically, a light-duty fleet of EVs would:

  • Promote fuel diversity
  • Use a domestic portfolio of fuels
  • Reduce fuel costs for households and businesses
  • Increase efficiency
  • Leverage the existing nationwide electricity generation and distribution infrastructure

In short, electrification is the best path to fuel diversity, a lasting way to address the economic and national security risks created by oil dependence. Widely available in the U.S. market since January 2011, a growing number of plug-in electric vehicles are being produced by both American and international automobile manufacturers, as well as a number of start-up firms. In fact, today’s plug-in electric vehicles have had a far more successful commercial launch, in terms of sales volumes, than did conventional hybrids in the early 2000s.

SAFE strongly supports policies to advance research and development of cars, batteries, and electric vehicle infrastructure so that these components are deployed on a large scale simultaneously—including through the creation of deployment communities, or geographic regions where all of these elements are rolled-out together.

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To help American businesses and communities realize the benefits of domestically sourced, affordable, reliable fuel alternatives , SAFE advocates that the federal government extend tax benefits currently offered to natural gas vehicles and electric vehicles.

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