Transit Trends

#TransitTrends Episode 10: Electric Cars and the Environment

When OEMs discuss the future of the automobile, most consumers immediately think of autonomous and connected vehicles. However, electric vehicles have quickly become more popular to the masses due to the ongoing discussions of the environment and climate change.



In Episode 10 of Transit Trends, we talk with Jeff Allen, the Executive Director of Drive Oregon, and discuss electric mobility innovation and the challenge of connecting with consumers.

Would you ever consider owning an electric vehicle? Whether you’re for them, against them, or simply on the fence, we would like to hear from you! Please leave a comment on our YouTube channel and help us get more people talking about electric vehicles and their thought process behind them by sharing this video on your social networking channels, blogs, newsletters and other professional channels.

Please note that this article expresses the opinions of the author and does not reflect the views of Move Forward.


There is an ongoing debate within the transportation analysis community over whether automated vehicles will reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, or increase them. On the one hand, automated vehicles can both drive more efficiently and be designed to be lighter, saving energy. However, the convenience of not having to pay attention on the road may lead people to use them more, increasing energy consumption. Which effect will tend to prevail?