Utilities, carmakers launch campaign to cut US transportation energy use 50% by 2050

A diverse group of transportation stakeholders launched a new campaign pressing for significant advances in efficiency and vehicular systems, with a goal of slashing transportation energy consumption 50% by 2050, while simultaneously improving mobility. 

Recommendations include improving efficiency for all vehicle types, accelerating inefficient vehicle turnover and incentivizing the rollout of charging infrastructure, all while ensuring the new transportation economy equitably benefits all groups.

Vehicle efficiency is not typically a controversial area, but in August the Trump administration proposed freezing automobile emission standards at 2020 levels, as well as pulling California's authority to set its own standards. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding three public hearings this week on the proposed freeze.