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.

On the Road Again
If the global priority with regards to the transportation sector is to reduce carbon emissions, then putting all our eggs in one basket and waiting for electrification to transform the world is already a failed strategy. With nearly 1.5 billion vehicles in the world, and with more than 90 million new vehicles sold annually (*non-pandemic years, of course), it is impossible to envision a transition to relying on only battery electric vehicles (BEV) any time soon, no matter what governments may try to do with regards to sales requirements. So, what should be done with regards to the existing and continuing combustion engine-liquid fuels market?

Life is a Highway
On January 20, 2021, President Joe Biden signed an executive order committing the United States to accept the provisions of the Paris Agreement on climate change. This was among his first acts as President and, in my opinion, symbolizes the commitment of his administration to pursuing policies that will reduce carbon emissions in the U.S. With this commitment comes the need to fully understand the options that may be available to policymakers, along with a comparison of their relative effectiveness and costs so that the best combination of policies can be developed and implemented.  

Everybody Wants to Rule the World
In general, the developed economies of the world are uniting in their pursuit of a lower carbon/carbon neutral/net zero carbon emissions transportation system. It is a laudable goal and one that deserves careful attention, commitment and coordinated action to reduce carbon emissions throughout the global market. Yet, at the end of 2020 there seemed to be a significant lack of coordination, especially when we consider the flurry of activity with regards to banning the sales of internal combustion engines in the relatively near future.

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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.

Outlook for 2021 Travel Patterns
From electric vehicle policy to emissions regulations, what will fuel travel look like in 2021? What will the incoming Biden Administration mean for travel and for vehicle sales in the U.S.

Vehicle Sales Outlook for 2021
Which vehicles will people be buying in 2021, what will they be doing and where will they be going with them?

Reimagining Transportation Trends in the U.S.
Where are people going and what are they doing in this next new normal? Finding that people make more purposeful store trips, do more outside activity and commute less, how can retailers adjust?

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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.

Charging on the Run | Episode 23
What if you didn't have to worry about where, when and how you would find your next opportunity to recharge your EV?

Biofuels and the Future of Transportation | Episode 22
Conventional corn and conventional corn-based ethanol production has 46% smaller carbon footprint than conventional gasoline and is able to use today's infrastructure.

Decarbonization in the Transportation Sector | Episode 21
Reducing transportation-related carbon emissions is essential. For many, the solution rests with electric vehicles.

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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.

Policy Considerations | ICE Bans
To date, more than a dozen countries have announced their intent to ban the sale of new ICE-equipped vehicles.

Impact of Transportation-Related Environmental Initiatives: CAFE Standards | Research
The number of initiatives focused on increasing alternative fuels and vehicles and decreasing petroleum fuels and ICEs continue to increase. One such initiative is the corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards.

Keith Mueller | Board Spotlights
Interview with Keith Mueller, Managing Director, Quality and Fuels Compliance with Flint Hills Resources.

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