Forum on Connected and Automated Vehicles: Energy Impacts

Forum on Connected and Automated Vehicles: Energy Impacts

The National Press Club
Washington, DC
May 06, 2019

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On May 6, ACEEE held its first Forum on Connected and Automated Vehicles: Energy Impacts (CAVs) event.


CAVs are capturing the attention and imagination of technologists, futurists, urbanists, and automakers. Their rapid development is driven by the prospect of safety, mobility, and convenience benefits.

CAV adoption could affect transportation energy use as well, and policy choices will influence the size—even the direction— of that impact. At this unique one-day event, attendees identified the drivers of the energy impacts and explored CAV policy options to improve the energy efficiency and sustainability of transportation.



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Opening Session: Keynote Address

Welcome: Steven Nadel, Executive Director, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy 
Keynote:   Andrei Greenawalt, Head of Public Policy, Via

Session 1: Technology Trajectory and Characterization of Energy Impacts

Experts disagree on how fast fully autonomous vehicles will dominate the fleet, but lower levels of automation are entering the market at a rapid clip. This session will survey energy impacts of near-term technologies as well as the factors that will determine energy implications in the longer term.

Moderator: Heather Croteau, US Department of Energy Vehicle Technologies Office


T. Donna Chen, University of Virginia



Jean Chu, Toyota Motor North America



David Gohlke, Argonne National Laboratory



Morteza Taiebet, University of Michigan



Session 2: CAV Applications in Goods Movement

Predictive cruise control, platooning and other heavy-duty vehicle applications may be among the earliest CAV technologies to yield major energy savings. This session will look at current efforts to implement these technologies in the freight sector and the associated commercial, technical, and infrastructure challenges. We’ll also discuss CAV applications in urban delivery and intermodal facilities.


Mike Roeth, North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE)











Aravind Kailas, Volvo



Mark Kuhn, Ricardo Strategic Consulting



Karl Simon, US Environmental Protection Agency

Session 3: CAVs in Urban Transportation Systems

From vehicle-to-infrastructure communications to streamline traffic flow to fully autonomous vehicles, CAVs could help cities make urban transportation systems safer, cleaner, more efficient, and more equitable. But the benefits of these vehicles will depend on how they are integrated with other mobility options, who has access to them, and ultimately their implications for the built environment. This session will highlight how cities are planning for CAVs to ensure more sustainable transportation systems.


Wendy Tao, Siemens











Justin Erlich, Voyage



Art Guzzetti, American Public Transit Association (APTA)



Tom Van Heeke, General Motors



Christopher Ziemann, Department of Transportation & Environmental Services - City of Alexandria

Session 4: Policies to Promote Energy Savings

Vehicle efficiency standards, infrastructure investment, mileage-based fees, and CAV-specific requirements are among the federal policy options to help guide CAV deployment toward energy efficiency; policies at the state and local levels include transportation planning practices, pricing strategies, and greenhouse gas reduction plans. The final session will be a discussion of which policies offer promising mechanisms for promoting energy savings from CAVs while taking best advantage of their other benefits. 


Judi Greenwald, Greenwald Consulting











Carla Bailo, Center for Automotive Research



Mark Copeland, Office of Senator Tammy Duckworth



Joshua Cunningham, California Air Resources Board (CARB)



Carlos Pardo, NUMO



Keynote Speaker

Andrei Greenawalt is the Head of Public Policy at Via, the world’s leader in on-demand transit. He previously worked on regulatory and policy issues at the White House for several years (2009-14), including as the Associate Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), and as Policy Advisor in the Office of the Chief of Staff. He also served in the offices of Cabinet Affairs and Legislative Affairs.  

In 2014, Andrei was awarded a Council on Foreign Relations Fellowship in Tokyo, Japan, where he was a visiting scholar at a think tank and taught an undergraduate course on The American Presidency. He has also served as a law clerk to two Federal judges and worked for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform. Andrei graduated with honors from Princeton University with a degree in Politics, and earned a J.D. from Yale Law School.


Andrei Greenawalt of Via gives the keynote speech to open the forum.



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