Fueling our Transportation Future

The Next 30 Years



Recent publications available for download under Reports:

New papers:

  • Rodgers, L., Zoepf, S., and Prenninger, J. (2014) Analyzing the Energy Consumption of the BMW ActiveE Field Trial Vehicles with Application to Distance to Empty Algorithms. mobil.TUM International Scientific Conference on Mobility and Transport - Sustainable Mobility in Metropolitan Regions, June 2014.

  • MacKenzie, D., Zoepf, S. and Heywood, J. Determinants of U.S. Passenger Car Weight. International Journal of Vehicle Design 65 (1), 73-93.

  • Zoepf, S., D. MacKenzie, D. Keith, and W. Chernicoff. (2013) Charging Choices and Fuel Displacement in a Large-Scale Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Demonstration. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2385, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, Washington, D.C., 2013, pp 1 - 10.

  • MacKenzie, D. (2013) Fuel Economy Regulations and Efficiency Technology Improvements in U.S. Cars Since 1975, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

  • Chao, A. (2013) Investigating the Strategic Impacts of Natural Gas on Transportation Fuel Diversity and Vehicle Flexibility, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

  • Chow, E. (2013) Exploring the Use of a Higher Octane Gasoline for the U.S. Light-Duty Vehicle Fleet, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

  • Akerlind, I. (2013) Driving Change: Evaluating Strategies to Control Automotive Energy Demand Growth in China, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts.


The goal of our work is to investigate near- to medium-term solutions that would curb petroleum and energy use, and greenhouse gas emissions from light-duty vehicle fleet over the next four decades.

Our approaches emphasize the potential fleet-wide impact of future alternative fuels and vehicle technology developments on fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in  the world's largest automotive markets: the U.S.,  Europe, and, increasingly, China. The project also examines policy measures that may influence the adoption of advanced technologies and direct their application toward reductions in fuel consumption.

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