40% of Connecticut's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Result from the Transportation Sector
A sustainable transportation energy future will require significant refinements to this system in order to provide increased mobility options to citizens and businesses and ensure that the state achieves its greenhouse gas emissions goals. The transportation sector alone accounts for 32% of the state's total energy consumption but in the process produces roughly 40% of the state's greenhouse gas emissions.
Links to Information on EVs, Alternative Fuel Vehicles, Fuel Prices, and Vehicle Cost Calculator
Electric Vehicles (EVs)
EVConnecticut is a partnership between the Departments of Energy and Environmental Protection and Transportation. Its goals are to provide tools useful to electric vehicle owners and to be a resource for the businesses and muncipalities that are interested in installing electric vehicle infrastructure.
Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AFVs)
More than a dozen alternative fuels are in production or under development for use in alternative fuel vehicles and advanced technology vehicles. Government and private-sector vehicle fleets are the primary users of these fuels and vehicles, but consumers are increasingly interested in them. Using alternative fuels and advanced vehicles instead of conventional fuels and vehicles helps the United States reduce petroleum use and vehicle emissions.
Source: U.S. Department of Energy's Alternative Fuels Data Center. To learn more about each alternative fuel, click on the picture above.
As gasoline prices increase, alternative fuels appeal more to consumers. Like gasoline, alternative fuel prices can fluctuate based on location, time of year, and political climate.
Source: U.S. Department of Energy's Alternative Fuels Data Center.
How much does it cost to commute to work or drive across town? The price of gasoline is posted at every corner gas station, but what about the cost of driving on electricity? The Department of Energy’s eGallon provides a quick and simple answer to this question and allows electric vehicle (EV) drivers to see how much they can save on fuel by using electricity instead of gasoline.
Vehicle Cost Calculator
Curious how your vehicle stacks up? Use the AFDC's Vehicle Cost Calculator to find out.
Commuting - A Cheaper, Cleaner and More Reliable Commute
If you're working or living in Connecticut, you have several options to help you save money, reduce vehicle wear and tear and even gain extra time to read, work or simply sit back and relax when commuting to work, school or wherever you need to go. Instead of driving alone, you can carpool, vanpool or ride the bus or train.
Connecticut residents, businesses and community representatives, and commuters now have an opportunity to provide ideas on the most important transportation issues facing the State and help formulate a vision and plan that will transform transportation and ensure that Connecticut has an economically competitive, world-class transportation system for generations to come.
Connecticut has many existing and future transportation needs: to keep the infrastructure in a state of good repair, address congestion, increase transportation choices, and to create a more well-connected transportation system to get people and goods from here to there. Over the next eighteen months, these needs will be evaluated, prioritized, and shaped through TransformCT, the strategic plan and that will envision Connecticut’s first-class transportation system.
Connecticut Transit (CTTRANSIT) is the Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT)-owned bus service. Several companies under contract to ConnDOT operate services in metropolitan areas throughout Connecticut. Visit CTTransit.com to learn about routes, schedules, and discounts.
Visit CT Rides to figure out where your current commute stands.
Looking for a carpool, vanpool or bike buddy? You can also earn rewards when you walk, bike, telecommute, carpool, take the train, subway, or bus, or work a compressed week. Visit NuRide.com to learn more.
Google Transit links in with Google Maps to provide transportation estimates between two destinations at specific times of day.
CT Rides is available to answer your commuting questions. Call CT Rides at 1-877-CTrides (287-4337).
Driving Behavior - Your Decisions Make A Difference
Adopting different driving techniques can not only cut your fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions, but save hundreds of dollars at the pump each year. Moreover, you could avoid costly speeding tickets, bumper repairs and insurance hikes and even prevent unnecessary wear on your vehicle.
Techniques for Drivers to Conserve Fuel
- Drive Sensibly
- Observe the Speed Limit
- Remove Excess Weight
- Avoid Excessive Idling
- Combine Trips
- Maintain Your Vehicle
- Use Cruise Control
- Use Overdrive Gears
Learn more at the US Department of Energy's Alternative Fuels Data Center.
To learn more about efficient driving habits, visit www.fueleconomy.gov.
Alternative Vehicle Fueling Stations
Find a Charging Station
Find alternative fueling stations near an address or ZIP code or along a route in the United States.
Visit the EV Connecticut website to learn more about AFVs.