Alternative Fuels & Transportation
New Transportation technologies are expanding rapidly with the intent to improve the efficiency and emission of vehicles using petroleum-based fuels, provide cleaner-burning alternative fuels, and reduce the nation’s travel miles. As an energy producing state with relatively low energy prices, Utah is uniquely well positioned to take advantage of some of the best options for reducing the emissions associated with the average vehicle mile traveled, particularly with natural gas vehicles and electric vehicles.
The Office of Energy Development’s Role
Advancing transportation efficiency, promoting the use of alternative fuel vehicles, and expanded investment in the nation’s fueling infrastructure are major focus areas for the Office of Energy Development’s Advanced Transportation Programs.
Alternative Fuels and Vehicles
Alternative fuel and fuel-efficient advanced vehicles can reduce or, in come cases, eliminate petroleum use and may offer economical options for many fleets. Compressed and liquefied natural gas are clean, domestically-produced alternative fuels. Using these fuels in vehicles increases energy security and lowers emissions. Natural gas vehicles are similar to gasoline or diesel vehicles with regard to power, acceleration, and cruising speed. Visit Utah Clean Cities for more information. Learn how to be Idle Free in your vehicle.
Fleet rightsizing is a practice that can help build and maintain sustainable, fuel-efficient fleets. Fleet inventories often grow over time. Using smaller engines and improving horsepower can help fleets meet operational needs without downgrading vehicle class. Promoting fleet choices that provide opportunities to reduce vehicle weight is also recommended. Lightweight materials and smaller components can improve fuel economy by up to 2% for every 100 pounds of weight reduced. The Division of Fleet Operations has more information.
Using mass transit has significant benefits. If more people are on buses and trains, there are fewer cars on the road, which means less congestion and less pollution. It also promotes greater population density around bus lines and light-rail stations, which encourages community development. Visit UTA and TravelWise for more information.