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Transportation, Economics, Energy and the Environment (TE3) Conference

Over 300 people registered for this year’s Transportation, Economics, Energy and the Environment (TE3) conference, which was held on Friday, October 18, 2019 in Rackham Amphiteatre. Hosted by the Energy Institute, TE3 brings economists and other academic researchers together with practitioners from industry, government and the public policy community to share knowledge, exchange ideas and strengthen our collective ability to address the transportation sector’s energy and environmental challenges.

This sixth rendition of the conference examined the electrification of mobility worldwide. Technology advances along with falling costs for energy storage and renewable energy are now poised to accelerate a transition to electric vehicles (EVs), away from the petroleum-fueled, internal-combustion engine cars, trucks, vans, buses and two-wheelers that have dominated personal mobility and goods movement for over a century.

TE3 speakers and participants examined topics addressing consumer interest in EVs, vehicle charging, the role of a cleaner electric grid, the economics of EVs and the interactions among different policies. The conference closed with a high-level panel discussion about the tensions that confront electrification-related policy development in the world’s leading vehicle markets.

Program information is available at https://energy.umich.edu/te3/, where a conference summary report will be published a few weeks after the event.