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Study: Put Autonomous Vehicles on Roads Sooner Rather Than Later

"The more miles that autonomous vehicles travel—on different roads, in different environments, and under various weather conditions—the more quickly their safety improves."

topics: Autonomous Vehicle Policy, autonomous vehicles, RAND, Securing America's Future Energy

Venezuela’s Crisis Deepens After Default

The risks of more oil production losses have intensified as the financial screws on Caracas continue to tighten. Deteriorating conditions in Venezuela are occurring at the same time OPEC is looking to extend its production cut and tensions throughout the Middle East are rising.

topics: Citgo, Nicolas Maduro, OPEC, PDVSA, Russia, Venezuela

Energy Digitalization to Bring Significant Rewards, But Also Risks

Digital technologies may lower oil and gas production costs by 10 to 20 percent. As a result, technically recoverable oil and gas reserves could climb by as much as 5 percent globally, with the largest gains from shale gas.

topics: Digitalization, IEA, Oil drilling, Transportation Oil Demand. Fuel Efficiency

Bans on Internal Combustion Engines May Backfire

Even with an entirely different landscape due to EVs becoming a greater part of the fleet, there is essentially no way to avoid the fact that ICE vehicles will be around for a very long time.

topics: Electric Vehicles, Internal combustion engines, Peak oil demand, Regulations

Don't Pull the Plug on the EV Tax Credit

Given the costs of oil dependence, maintaining and reforming the EV tax credit is of strategic importance to the U.S. The tax credit has been vital in helping EVs gain traction in today’s competitive car market.

topics: Electric Vehicle Sales, Electric Vehicles, Energy Security