Clean Transportation

Friday, April 17, 2015

Key Clean Air Act figure Margo Oge is visiting Ann Arbor this Earth Day to promote her new book, “Driving the Future: Combating Climate Change with Cleaner, Smarter Cars.” Oge served at the US Environmental Protection Agency for 32 years, 18 of them as Director of the Office of Transportation Air Quality.

As the world’s largest automobile markets, the United States and China lead the world in oil consumption, importing more than half the petroleum they consume. The CERC-Clean Vehicles Consortium seeks to reduce this oil consumption by supporting the joint research of the nations’ leading experts in clean vehicle technologies. The University of Michigan’s Prof. Huei Peng and Tsinghua University’s Prof. Minggao Ouyang lead this effort.

Apr
16
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

The University of Michigan STTP and CLOSUP Programs invite you to:  The Transportation Transformation and its Policy Implications.  What’s ahead at UM, in Ann Arbor, in the US? Will future vehicles be public or private? What policy challenges arise from these transformations?

Apr
22
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Please join us for a very special lecture about what it takes to pass historic air quality legislation. Margo Oge served at the US Environmental Protection Agency for 32 years, the last 18 of which she directed the Office of Transportation Air Quality. Ms. Oge led the Obama Administration’s landmark 2012 Clean Air Act deal with automakers, which will double the fuel efficiency of automakers’ fleets to 54.5 mpg and cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2025. In Driving the Future: Combating Climate Change with Cleaner, Smarter Cars Margo Oge will provide the ultimate insider’s account of the science, politics, policy, legal battles and, most importantly, the people who made this regulation possible. She then describes transition technologies and the ultimate future that will enable a global market for super-efficient, zero carbon-emitting vehicles and other sustainable personal mobility options.

The University of Michigan Energy Institute (UMEI), in conjunction with the Michigan Institute for Teaching and Research in Economics (MITRE), hosted a Fall 2014 conference on economic and policy research that addresses energy use in the transportation sector and its environmental implications. The objective was to bring scholars at the frontier of transportation and energy economics research together with practitioners from industry and government to exchange ideas and research findings.

Thursday, February 05, 2015

ANN ARBOR—Nearly all of the studies used to promote biofuels as climate-friendly alternatives to petroleum fuels are flawed and need to be redone, according to a University of Michigan researcher who reviewed more than 100 papers published over more than two decades.

Once the erroneous methodology is corrected, the results will likely show that policies used to promote biofuels—such as the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard and California's Low-Carbon Fuel Standard—actually make matters worse when it comes to limiting net emissions of climate-warming carbon dioxide gas.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Feature article written for the introduction to the January 2015 issue of Scientific American Classics: The Rise of the Automobile. 

Mar
13
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

U-M welcomes guest speaker Junmin Wang, Director Vehicle Systems and Control Laboratory, Ohio State University for a presentation on the importance and efficacy of control systems for current and future ground vehicles.  In the ever-lasting efforts of reducing emissions, improving efficiencies, and enhancing safety for ground vehicles, importance of control systems has been growing rapidly due to the substantially elevated system complexities contributed by the fast technological advances in various relevant fields. This talk introduces a variety of vehicle system estimation and control research activities aiming towards clean, efficient, and safe ground transportation.

Monday, January 05, 2015

Below and at the link is information about a new internal funding initiative sponsored by the University of Michigan Mobility Transformation Center. 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Frank Markus of Motor Trend magazine explains why every carbon molecule in a liquid biofuel, such as ethanol or biodiesel, can't be counted "as an ecological freebie." He reports on the debate about the Renewable Fuel Standard that took place during a panel discussion at this year's Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Government-Industry Meeting in Washington, DC.

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