One potential benefit of replacing petroleum with electricity in transportation is reducing greenhouse gases and other pollutants. A critical aspect of TVA's research into evolving transportation technology is to assess what these emissions reductions would be from regular highway vehicles and from sectors involving non-road transportation.
These sectors include off-road vehicles and systems such as air cargo support equipment, alternative marine and port support equipment, light rail and electric locomotives, low-speed shuttle carts, truck-stop electrification, lawn and garden equipment and other means of transporting people and materials from one place to another.
We are looking at the total footprint of these sectors and researching options to reduce emissions through electrification of one sector at a time.
Non-road transportation has huge potential for emissions reduction using electricity as the fuel. Further investigation is needed to define specific opportunities and best practices.