Environment Sustainable Transport

MIT Energy Initiative report charts pathways for sustainable personal transportation

Sustainable Transport


Explores how individual travel decisions will be shaped by complex interactions between technologies, markets, business models, government policies, and consumer preferences — and the potential consequences as personal mobility undergoes tremendous changes in the years ahead.

Perspectives and insights

  • There is considerable opportunity for reducing emissions from personal mobility by improving powertrain efficiency and deploying alternative fuel vehicles.
  • Reducing the carbon intensity of the light-duty vehicle fleet contributes to climate change mitigation goals, as part of the larger solution
  • Early government support for alternative fuel vehicles and charging and fueling infrastructure can help launch a self-reinforcing trajectory of adoption.
  • Car pride across countries revealed that car pride is higher in emerging vehicle markets; among established markets, car pride is not surprisingly highest in the U.S.