Emerging Modes of Personal Transportation

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013, 10:00am - 12:30pm PDT / Streamed Panel Discussion: 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT / 1:30pm - 3:00pm EDT

Meeting in San Francisco

This meeting will take place in the San Francisco China Basin...Registrants will be provided the address several days before the event.


Energy-related greenhouse gas emissions are projected to increase over 100% by 2050, substantially contributing to accelerating climate change. The clean energy economy requires a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, and the transportation sector accounts for about 28% of the total, compared to  electricity (about 33%), and buildings [40%],  according to the EPA. There are a variety of emerging personal transportation technologies which can, to varying degrees, substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) relative to traditional internal combustion engines.


There are to be, certainly, varying degrees of success for these various emerging personal transportation technologies. For many, Ethanol proved to be too problematic, but later generation biofuels (e.g. Cellulosic; Algae) hold theoretical promise.  Another technology with a rocky road is the Hydrogen-powered vehicle, but it still might overcome the obstacles. A $2.3 billion initiative announced by President Bush in 2003 heralded hydrogen as a future competitive fuel source for automobiles. While this initiative has stalled, it may just resuscitate within a decade, as Ford, GM, Toyota, Honda, Renault-Nissan, and Daimler are developing hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.  Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming increasingly cost-competitive, and as the public EV charging infrastructure is deployed, an increasingly attractive option. Yet achieving critical mass in the EV industry is far from certain. Recently, Advanced ("Clean") Diesel automobiles are being developed which could achieve fuel efficiencies competitive with EVs.


The “Sharing Economy” vision includes another emerging mode, albeit often utilizing existing transportation technology: ride sharing. Ride sharing has great potential, and several companies are driving the demand, seeking to overcome various sociological, political, legal, and regulatory challenges.


PAMD (Portable Assisted Mobility Devices) are becoming increasingly common and practical, as they  are often small enough to be carried in personal vehicles, and public trains and buses, then deployed for the “last mile” of the  trip.


Finally, Autonomous vehicles, such as Google’s, are becoming legalized in many states (including California), but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has already established safety guidelines and cautions that driverless cars remain in pure testing mode currently.


We’ll have a panel of experts review and critique these prominent emerging modes of personal transportation. Some of the questions which they’ll address include:

  1. What are the prospects for widespread commercial availability of the leading emergent transportation technologies in the next several years? In 10 years? 
  2. What are the primary obstacles to their commercial success?
  3. Regarding EVs, which currently are more widespread than the other emerging transportation modes identified above, what can be done to enhance both private and public charging infrastructure options?
  4. What other newly emerging personal transportation modes expected in the coming years have substantial promise?
  5. What is driving the evolution of new means of personal transportation? Is this coming from below [the public], or from above [the OEM’s]? This will impact the pressure on legislators to make accommodations to laws and how people accept proposed modes of transportation.
  6. What policy changes are needed to further encourage promising emerging transportation modes?

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52 personnes sont présentes à cette réunion, parmi lesquelles :
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Sonoma County Energy Watch
Senior Environmental Planner; Public Participation and Sustainability Specialist
Clean Transportation/Energy Expert
BMW i Ventures
Associate Principal
VP, Business Development
Trikke Tech
Government Relations / Fleet Sales / LEV Advocacy
Bay Area Climate Collaborati
Program Coordinator
SVP Business Dev. & Channels
Transpo Group
Vice President
Senior Transportation Planner
AC Transit
Chief Planning & Development Officer
Chadbourne & Parke
Marketing Coordinator
Environmental Planning Manager
EOS Consulting Services
Managing Partner
Honda Silicon Valley Lab
Strategic Alliance Liaison
City of Cambridge
Sustainability Planner
DeepRoot Green Infrastructur
Director of Strategic Planning
Founder & CEO
Chief of Staff
SF Dept. of the Environment
Director, SF Clean Cities Coalition
Bay Area Air Quality Managem
Thornton Tomasetti
Sr. Associate
VP Smart Grid
VoicePark, LLC
Senior Associate
AC Transit
Innovation ProjectLeader
U.S. Environmental Protectio
Specialist, Clean Energy & Climate Change
Project Manager
Senior Transportation Engineer
Alameda County
Sustainability Specialist
REJ Electric, Inc.
President and CEO
Sonoma State University - Ci
Consulting Climate Action Plan Coordinator
CleanTech Strategy Group
Managing Director
rick ruvolo consulting
Fleet Support
Charge Across Town
Director, Strategic Partnerships
Sunspeed Enterprises
Re-Vision Labs
New Alternatives Fund Inc.
Portfolio Manager/President
UC Berkeley
Co-Director, TSRC and Adjunct Professor
San Francisco Department of
Manager, Commute Smart
Rutherford + Chekene
Hyundai Ventures
Managing Directeor
Stevens & Associates
Senior Architect & Sustainability Manager
Director Business Development
Volvo Ventures
Business Development & Strategy
Future Drive Expo
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Timothy Papandreou
Deputy Director Sustainable Streets
Ryan James
Lit Motors
Chief Marketing Officer
Peter Dempster
DriveNow of BMW Group
Business Development & Sales Manager
Rick Hutchinson
City CarShare
Gerry Tierney
Senior Associate