MIT Energy Initiative report charts pathways for sustainable personal transportation - cleantech perspectives @ Clixoo
Explores how individual travel decisions will be shaped by interactions between technologies, markets, business models, government policies, and consumer preferences.
Moo: So what’s new in this, Xoo? The usual analyses and suggestions, no more than that.
Xoo: For a change, Moo, you are correct, though not entirely. There’s something of interest that catches my eye that doesn’t seem to have caught yours.
Moo: You should perhaps refer me to your optician
Xoo: I speak of my mind’s eye, Moo.
Moo: I see
Xoo. Well, my point is you don’t! Tell me, what do you think of the recommendation to reduce the carbon intensity of light-duty vehicle fleet? I see significant merit in it.
M: But I don't see why! Shouldn’t we focus on the big SUVs and the monster trucks? After all, each large truck could be emitting a few hundred times the CO2 that a 2-wheeler/scooter emits!
Xoo: You amaze me sometimes with your knowledge of both automobiles and mathematics, Moo. But think about electrification of vehicles.
Moo: What about it?
Xoo: Electrification of smaller & lighter vehicles is far more feasible & practical in the short and medium term (2020 – 2030 period) than electrifying large trucks. And there are orders of magnitude more lighter vehicles on road worldwide than there are large trucks. To me, these imply that a higher focus on light vehicles electrification can contribute significantly to CO2 abatement until 2030.
Moo: You do have a point there, Xoo.