Transportation connects people to jobs, family, healthcare, shopping, and more. Access and affordability, however, are not equitable. When mobility—the very capability that enables access to job opportunities and other necessities—is limited, disadvantages compound rapidly for those affected.
To address these problems, Argonne analysts examine the intersection of energy and advanced transportation and mobility technologies. In addition to expertise in alternative fuels, vehicle life-cycle analysis, and the employment impacts of installing advanced fueling infrastructure (such as electric vehicle charging equipment), the group analyzes the costs and environmental benefits of transportation technologies and modes of mobility. Additionally, Argonne’s in-depth analysis includes quantifying—for all U.S. census tracts—the following:
- Transportation energy burden (e.g., percentage of household income spent on transportation energy [fuel])
- Transportation accessibility (e.g., number of necessities and amenities accessible within a given travel time by driving, transit, or walking)
- Cost of vehicle ownership ($/mile)
- Transportation emissions (e.g., ozone and particulate matter)
Argonne performs analysis that supports the federal agencies’ environmental and energy justice priorities. The lab’s capabilities and tools enable transportation stakeholders and decision-makers—from the federal to the local level—to work toward affordable and clean transportation for everyone.