NPC study sees alternative transportation technologies growing

US transportation is undergoing changes that could evolve and accelerate depending on how soon fuel and vehicle technologies advance and whether they are economically viable, the National Petroleum Council said in a recent study. Plug-in hybrid, fuel cell, electric battery, and natural gas-powered passenger and heavy-duty vehicles could be widely used over the next decade if technology and infrastructure barriers can be overcome, it suggested. The report, “Advancing Technology for America’s Transportation Future,” warned that the scale of such an effort would be enormous, and advances are not assured even with sustained investments in technology and infrastructure. “They will be driven by...

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