How to Combine Three Revolutions in Transportation for Maximum Benefit Worldwide

​Speaker: Lewis Fulton, Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis

Three revolutions in transportation are here or coming fast: electrification, automation and shared mobility. Each of these could have profound impacts and together they may combine in unpredictable ways.  This study develops scenarios out to 2050, worldwide and explores how these revolutions could unfold, and what impacts they may have on vehicle ownership, travel, energy use, CO2 emissions, and costs.  It looks at a business-as-usual scenario, a scenario dominated by technology change (electrification/automation), and one with all 3 revolutions – including dramatic changes in how people travel, use on-demand mobility, and innovations in transit systems.  The differences across these scenarios in terms of the numbers of needed vehicles, how far they travel, energy use, CO2 emissions and cost are fairly dramatic. This is explained, and it is demonstrated that the “3R” scenario is far superior to “2R” in all these respects.  Finally, a discussion of the policies needed to reach the 3R scenario is provided.
A blog and links to the report are available here:

Lewis Fulton has worked internationally in the field of transport/energy/environment analysis and policy development for over 20 years. He is Co-Director of the STEPS Program within the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis. There he helps lead a range of research activities around new vehicle technologies and new fuels, and how these can gain rapid acceptance in the market. From 2007-2012 he was a Senior Transport Specialist with the International Energy Agency, Paris, as well as Division Head for Energy Technology Policy during 2011-2012. He returned to the IEA in 2007 after working there originally from 1999-2005. During 2006-2007 he worked in Kenya with the UN Environment Program, developing and implementing GEF-funded sustainable transport projects around the world. During the 1990s he also worked at the US Department of Energy for 4 years, and taught at the Independent University of Bangladesh and the University of Maryland.
Category Seminar
Location: HA2, Hörsalsvägen 4, Chalmers Johanneberg
Starts: 22 June, 2017, 14:00
Ends: 22 June, 2017, 15:00

Published: Mon 05 Jun 2017. Modified: Wed 07 Jun 2017