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.

Hybrid Theory
The first hybrid vehicle introduced to the United States debuted 22 years ago - the Honda Insight. The following year, the Toyota Prius entered the market and the hybrid market began to accelerate quickly. By 2007, sales eclipsed 350,000 units from just 13 models, and some were predicting that more than 100 hybrid models would soon be available for sale in the U.S. Those forecasts were never realized and year after year sales hovered at or below 3%, setting a record of 3.2% of sales in 2013 before slipping to less than 2% just three years later. But recent data indicates that automobile manufacturers may not have given up on this technology, and in the first quarter of 2021 hybrids clawed up to 4.5% of sales. What has changed and what can we learn from the experience of hybrid vehicles?

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.  

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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.

RINs, RFS and EVs: What they Mean to the Fuels Sector
A Renewable Identification Number, aka a RIN, is a credit that gets attached to every renewable fuel gallon that gets produced in the United States. In this episode, we’re going to talk about renewable fuels, what’s going on with the prices of RINs, how they relate to EVs and fuel demand.

Making EV Charging More Convenient
The U.S. electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure is ramping up to keep up with EV owner demand. This innovative solution puts charging in the hands of vehicle owners...conveniently, of course.

It's Electric!
Enough dancing around, it’s time to look ahead at the future of cars because an electric reality is coming quickly – very quickly if you live in places that mandate it soon like the UK. We’re talking about what the future might hold for cars, customers and travel.

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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.

Reflecting on the Future | Episode 27
As vaccinations make their way through the U.S. population, we take a look back on the past year and its effect on the retail fuel market.

Building an Infrastructure for Tomorrow's Driver | Episode 26
After pushing through on of its worst winters on record, the state of Texas will be the first to tell you that diversifying your transportation assets is just as important.

Consumption Trends: Biomass-Based Diesel | Episode 25
Biomass-Based Diesel (BBD) has increased its share of the diesel fuel market from 0.5% volume in 2010 to 5.0% in 2018 and is projected to reach 10% by 2022.

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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.

Jon Scharingson | Board Spotlights
Interview with Jon Scharingson, Executive Director, Sales and Marketing, Renewable Energy Group.

Joel Hirschboeck | Board Spotlights
Interview with Joel Hirschboeck, Senior Vice President, Fuel Supply Chain with GetGo.

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

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