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.

Should I Stay or Should I Go
Global leaders have made it clear that they want to transition away from hydrocarbons to address their concerns about climate change, but sharp increases in energy prices and, in some regions actual energy shortages, in the latter half of 2021 are compelling some to at least temporarily reverse course and increase their reliance on fossil fuels.

There’s Only One Way to Rock
National and regional governments continue to announce plans to phase out the internal combustion engine (ICE) and push for battery electric vehicles (BEV) and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) powered by hydrogen. Each of these technologies have a lot to offer and will provide great benefits to consumers and the environment, but they may not be applicable to all use cases and, despite government efforts, the market’s transition to these vehicles will take a very long time.

Money (That’s What I Want)
While the primary focus of discussion these days is how to decarbonize transportation and the pace of market expansion for electric vehicles, we must not forget that access to reliable and affordable transportation is a key factor for economic opportunity. To that end, one of the hurdles new transportation technologies must overcome is cost – not just of the vehicles, but in comparison to other modes of transportation.  

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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.

Energy Price Turmoil & the Effect on Consumers | Episode 35
Last year, oil prices traded at negative values for the first time ever, and now they are closing in on $100 per barrel. There are many policy decisions driving discrepancy between supply and demand and driving energy prices higher. Listen in for CEA's take on what is going on in the market and why we need to focus on diversifying our energy resources to continue delivering affordable and reliable energy sources for consumers.

Consumer Preferences for Public EV Charging Stations | Episode 34
Public charging is a significant part of the EV ownership experience. The ability to charge their vehicle conveniently, is a key factor in the broader adoption of EVs.

HFC: The Future of Heavy-Duty Transportation? | Episode 33
The future of transportation requires stakeholders to decarbonize systems to meet climate and policy demands at a rapid pace.

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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.

Impact of E-Commerce on Last Mile | Webinar
Dr. Monique Stinson, Technical Manager of Freight Systems and Analytics with Argonne National Laboratory, presents results and insights on urban retail transportation trends from the SMART Mobility Capstone reports.

Joe Butler | Board Spotlights
Interview with Joe Butler, Senior Director of Supply-Gulf Coast at Pilot Company.

Brian Mormino | Board Spotlights
Interview with Brian Mormino, Executive Director, Technical and Environmental Systems at Cummins Inc.

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