Blog - The Commute

Observations on the current happenings in the world of vehicles and the fuels that power them from Fuels Institute Executive Director, John Eichberger.

When It’s Love
“The road is calling and I must go.” Those are the words on the framed poster above my desk, hovering above the image of Porsche 911 cruising on a winding mountain road. The open road has been a siren’s call for me my entire life – but that draw, that love affair with cars and driving that has been so strong throughout America’s recent history, seems to be fading away…especially among younger generations who are more drawn to technology than shiny objects on wheels. That, however, could represent an opportunity for the auto industry to regain some of its appeal.

Walking on the Moon
Similar to the commercially relevant derivatives of the Apollo program, the investments to develop technology that will enable autonomous vehicles are delivering benefits and enhancing the safety of transportation today through advanced driver assist systems. At a time when drivers are more distracted than ever (nearly 40,000 people were killed in vehicle collisions in 2019), the availability of these systems could not be more timely – and they are becoming much more common. If these systems can reduce accident-caused congestion and mitigate stop-and-start traffic conditions, they not only will yield safety improvements, but they also could significantly contribute to fuel efficiency and energy savings.

Fall Back Down
In April 2020, the SAAR dropped to 9.09 million – its lowest level since December 1981!  (The lowest it reached during the Great Recession was 9.22 in February 2009.)  The implications seemed devastating. Fortunately, the industry has rebounded quite a bit since April and in August the SAAR was back to 15.2 million. But again – what vehicles were people buying during the COVID pandemic?

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Podcast - Convenience Matters

Hosted by the Fuels Institute and NACS, Convenience Matters brings you weekly podcasts talking all things convenience and fuels related. About half of the U.S. population stops at a convenience store every day. Hear what we're seeing at stores and what the future may hold for the convenience retail industry.

Utilities & Transportation Sector Work to Lower GHGs
California sees electric vehicles as an important component to improving air quality. Utility companies play an important role in supporting the transportation sector’s need to improve air pollution.

Coronavirus’s Impact on Fuel Supply and Demand
The coronavirus pandemic has led to an unprecedented drop in oil demand around the world. What does this mean for fuel retailers – both in the short and long term? 

Gauging Consumer Interest in Alternative-Fuel Vehicles
People have turned to Consumer Reports for decades for reliable, unbiased and well-tested recommendations for products, including cars. This week we talked about electric, crossover and ICE vehicles and what consumers want and what they’re really buying.

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Press Releases

See Fuels Institute press releases regarding the fuels and vehicles market.

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Carpool Chats

The transportation-energy sector never slows down, and it’s hard to keep up with the most important news in each sector. Carpool Chats are the definition of a quick update delivered directly to you in 20-minutes or less. The Fuels Institute team does the necessary research and delivers the industry’s brightest minds discussing the most important topics to you ensuring you stay up to date with this fast paced industry. Carpool Chats work perfectly with your schedule; delivering content that’s brief and in a manner that everyone will understand.

Carpool Chats | Ep 14 | Sustainable Investing
Join our discussion with Fuels Institute Board member, Ryan Scott (HBW Resources), as we learn more about ESG (Environmental Social Governance)and the outlook for transportation-energy stakeholders.

Carpool Chats | Ep 13 | Transportation Solutions for All
We spoke with Dr. Francis to learn more about EVHybridNoire, their view on the recent push for banning internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles in California and the need for building a more convenient EV infrastructure.

Carpool Chats | Ep 12 | World's Largest Renewable Fuels Plant
We spoke with Nik Weinberg-Lynn, manager, renewable energy projects of Phillips 66, to learn more about the engineering behind this project, the timeline and what products will be offered at this new facility.

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Video Series


Fuels Institute regularly creates video content including webinars and vlogs. Visit our library and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay up to date on our latest releases.

Board Spotlights | Heather Killough
Interview with Heather Killough, Energy Industry Principal, DTN.

Webinar | Sustainability in a Carbon Market
How can crude sources improve scoring for new financial industry policies (ESG) that score companies based upon their contributions to climate change?

Research | State of Transportation Energy and Vehicle Electrification
While many are advocating a rapid transition to an electrified transportation market, this report takes an objective look at the realities of the market and the broad mix of powertrains moving people from one place to another.

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