EME 807
Technologies for Sustainability Systems

10.0. Overview


Sustainable transportation refers to not only vehicles, but also includes fuels, infrastructure to deliver distribute these fuels (pipelines, stations), road networks and railways. Assessment of the transportation system needs to address the system effectiveness to meet society needs and environmental load associated with employed vehicles and infrastructures. This lesson overviews three important topics: alternative fuels and their associated impacts, zero-emission vehicles and status of electric vehicle technologies, and perspectives of the mass transit in sustainable community.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • understand the choices of alternative fuels and list their cons and pros;
  • explain the principles of electrochemical technologies employed in zero-emission vehicles;
  • compare performance of different transportation technologies by environmental and economic metrics.


Report: Boutwell, M., Hackett, D.J., Soares, M.L., Petroleum and Renewable Fuel Supply Chain, Stillwater Associates, 2014.

Book: National Research Council. Transitions to Alternative Vehicles and Fuels. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2013. Sections 2.5 and 2.6.

This book is available online through PSU library system.

Web article: Penalosa, E., Role of Transport in Urban Development Policy, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, 2005.


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