Has Vehicle Energy Demand Peaked? Luke Tonachel

Luke Tonachel is the Natural Resource Defense Council’s Senior Vehicles Analyst in their Energy and Transportation Program. His focus at the NRDC has been on reducing the environmental impacts of the world’s transportation demands by adopting policies that develop and commercialize cleaner, more efficient vehicles and non-petroleum fuels.  He presents data to suggest that average vehicle miles traveled by Americans may have crested in part as a result of communications advances such as smart phones which reduce the need to travel in order to meet.  That’s the good news.  Projected use of tar sands, he says, may offset those emissions reductions.  Policies encouraging a shift to an electric vehicle fleet, he suggests, are an example of the direction society needs to be moving.


July 30, 2014