Alternative Fuels and Autonomous Vehicles: Transportation Transitions and the Impact on Cities, Regions, and Sustainability

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Transportation Geography Specialty Group, Energy and Environment Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM (MDT)
Room: Proteus, Sheraton, 8th Floor
Organizers: Scott Kelley, Bradley Lane
Chairs: Scott Kelley


In early 2016, transportation became the primary source of domestic CO2 emissions across all U.S. economic sectors, due to steady increases in vehicle miles traveled (VMT) by commercial and personal vehicles operating almost entirely on liquid petroleum fuels, making it a priority research area. The development of connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technology and continued innovations in alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) offer potentially dramatic changes for the future of transportation, as cities and regions continue to address a host of long-term environmental, social, and economic issues inherent in the present-day transportation sector. Of long-term importance as these technologies mature is a need to understand the likely feedback that will impact cities and regions, their impact on the sustainability of transportation, and the arrangement of residences and employment. Geographers are uniquely situated to study how people currently use and consider these emerging transportation technologies, and the implications of future and more widespread adoption.

This session welcomes all geographers that are considering the role of connected and automated vehicles and/or alternative fuel vehicles in the transportation sector. A sample of topics that could contribute to this include (but are not limited to):

• Charging/driving/purchasing/refueling behavior
• Confluence of AFVs and CAVs
• Diffusion of technologies and vehicles
• Education, knowledge, and perception
• Environmental impacts, benefits, well-to-wheel analyses
• Equity impacts, issues, and vulnerability analyses
• Facility location and network design
• Impacts on electricity grids
• Impacts on land-use and development
• Interaction with public transportation
• Inter-urban and intra-urban comparisons
• Policies and incentives
• Smart cities and connected mobility
• Social and cultural implications
• Technology choice and tradeoffs
• Time-space and activity-travel based analyses
• Transition trajectories and economics

We welcome submissions from geographers addressing this priority research area using a variety of methods. If there is enough response, we would be delighted to host multiple sessions.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Jae Hyun Lee*, University of California, Davis, Gil Tal, University of California Davis, Wei Ji, University of California, Davis, Electric vehicles market penetration in California 20 1:20 PM
Presenter Bradley Lane*, University of Kansas, On the Evolution of Drivers of Interest in Alternative Fueled Vehicles 20 1:40 PM
Presenter Scott Kelley*, University of Nevada, Reno, Characteristics of Stated Unwillingness to Travel by Autonomous Vehicle: a Case Study in Ann Arbor, Michigan 20 2:00 PM
Presenter Devin Moeller*, University of Colorado, Heidi L Sieverding, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, James J Stone, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Comparative Farm-gate Life Cycle Assessment of Oilseed Feedstocks in the Northern Great Plains 20 2:20 PM

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