The transportation-energy sector never slows down, and it’s hard to keep up with the most important news in each sector. Carpool Chats are the definition of a quick update delivered directly to you. The Fuels Institute team does the necessary research and delivers the industry’s brightest minds discussing the most important topics to you ensuring you stay up to date with this fast paced industry. Carpool Chats work perfectly with your schedule; delivering content that’s brief and in a manner that everyone will understand.
Urbanization in the Age of Pandemic
Has social distancing changed the projected urbanization rate? As we enter 2021, signs from the housing market show that life hasn't slowed down; however, different decisions on where to live, work and travel patterns are being affected. What will the long-term effects be on vehicle miles traveled and urban metro regions of the country? We caught up with Jeff Wood, principal at The Overhead Wire, and dug deeper on the signs the housing and e-commerce market are displaying in spite of a global pandemic.
Originally recorded on December 14, 2020. Choosing an innovation that is rationally better in terms of performance, cost or the environment does not always come intuitively or naturally to most of us. We spoke with Matthew Willcox, author of the best selling book, "The Business of Choice." He breaks down behavioral principles that transportation-energy stakeholders should think about to ensure their innovations are adopted.
Hydrogen Deserves Your Attention
Originally recorded on December 3, 2020. Electric vehicles are the hot topic in the current transportation-energy market. However, it wasn't so long ago that hydrogen fuel cell vehicles were top of mind for many industry observers. What's happening in the hydrogen market today? What's the future of fuel cell vehicles? We invited Bill Elrick, executive director of the California Fuel Cell Partnership, to address these questions and more.
Environmental Social Governance
Originally recorded on November 23, 2020. According to a 2020 survey by Morgan Stanley, 95% of institutional asset owners are integrating or considering integrating some sort of “sustainable investing”, which is often called Environmental and Social Governance or ESG, in all or part of their portfolios. We spoke with Ryan Scott, vice president with HBW Resources, to address the outlook of ESG for transportation energy stakeholders.
Transportation Solutions for All
Originally recorded on Oct., 9, 2020. EVs have long been seen as out of reach and inconvenient. Is that really the case? Dr. Shelley Francis, co-founder of EVHybridNoire, is on a mission to amplify and elevate the conversation surrounding lower emissions and how it leads to a healthier lifestyle for all communities. We spoke with Dr. Francis to learn more about her view on the recent push for banning internal combustion engine vehicles in CA., and the need for building a more convenient EV infrastructure.
World's Largest Renewable Fuels Plant
Originally recorded on Oct., 2, 2020. On Aug., 12, 2020, Phillips 66 announced plans to reconfigure its San Francisco Refinery in Rodeo, CA., to produce renewable fuels. The plant would no longer produce fuels from crude oil, but instead would make fuels from used cooking oil, fats, greases and soybean oils. We spoke with Nik Weinberg-Lynn, manager, renewable energy projects of Phillips 66, to learn more about this project.