Top Five Green Transportation Trends of 2010

Trends include roll-out of Volt and LEAF electric cars, as well as a growing list of 40 mpg non-hybrid automobiles.

Published: 01-Jan-2011

2010 was a weird year all around. For green transportation though, this feels like the real and true beginning of fundamental changes in the way Americans get around. Here are five stories I feel broke new ground in green transportation.

5) Shipping Gets Cleaner
There are a lot of benefits to a world economy, though nothing that helps the environment. Lax standards on shipping emissions have for decades allowed huge ships to burn dirty fuel along populated coastlines, leading to breathing disorders and horrible air quality. But governments and the shipping companies are taking action, with everything from tighter emissions requirements, bringing back sails, and all-new aerodynamic ship designs. There have even been advancements in solar-powered sailing. Cleaner air, cleaner seas, and less money wasted on fuel. Everybody wins!

4) 40 MPG Fuel-Sippers Now the Norm
Automakers have heard the call loud and clear; consumers (and governments) want more efficient cars. It isn’t just about the environment either; as gas prices continue to edge upward even as the economy slowly recovers, people don’t want to be caught off guard by $4-a-gallon gas again. Americans are feeling frugal, and automakers are appealing to them with a rash of 40 mpg cars, from the Ford Fiesta to the Chevy Cruze Eco and the new Hyundai Elantra. Even the new V6 Mustang managed to get nearly 50 mpg around a track. And they are doing it without the help of hybrid systems in cars that cost under $20,000. See, I knew they could do it!


Reinventing the Automobile book cover

Reinventing The Automobile - Personal Urban Mobility For The 21st Century is collaboration of three respected automotive experts from MIT and GM.

American University of Kuwait

Empires collapse when they turn inward, argues Matt Ridley in 'The Rational Optimist'.

GM's EN-V concept vehicle for urban streets of the future.

OpEd by executive officer of Bay Area Air Quality Management District.


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