Report Looks at Potential for 80 Percent Reductions in Petroleum Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Automobiles


A new National Research Council report examines whether the U.S. can reduce petroleum usage and greenhouse gas emissions in automobiles by 80 percent in the year 2050.  The report compares current light-duty vehicle technologies with several alternative options and looks at what would be needed to meet the 2050 goals. 


Transitions to Alternative Vehicles and Fuels considers alternative fuels such as electric power and hydrogen and examines methods for their effective production and delivery to consumers, taking cost, infrastructure needs, and consumer behavior into consideration. 


Members of the study committee will discuss the report's findings and recommendations during a one-hour telephone news briefing starting at 2 p.m. EDT Monday, March 18. 


Advance copies will be available to reporters only beginning at 8 a.m. EDT Monday, March 18.  The report is embargoed and not for public release before 2 p.m. EDT Monday, March 18.  Reporters: To obtain an embargoed copy and receive call-in information for the telephone news briefing, contact the National Academies' Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail