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Transportation-focused Energy Information for Businesses

Transportation-focused Energy Information for Businesses
 

Connecticut's three and half million residents and varied economic activities are dependent upon a transportation system that provides the foundation for the state‘s economy, quality of life, and the character of our communities. 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.

Overview

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.

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Source: U.S. Department of Energy's Alternative Fuels Data Center. To learn more about each alternative fuel, click on the picture above.

Fuel Prices

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.

eGallon

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 fleet stacks up? Use the AFDC's Vehicle Cost Calculator to find out.

Commuting

A Cheaper, Cleaner and More Reliable Commute

If your employees work or live in Connecticut, you have several options to help them 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. These benefits will accrue to your company through your employees!

transformct

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. 

CTtransit

 

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. 

CTRides

Visit CT Rides to figure out where a current commute stands.

NuRide

Know someone 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.

GM Transit

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 Employees' Driving Decisions Make A Difference

Vehicle fleet managers can conserve fuel and maximize their efficiency through policies, technologies, equipment, and maintenance strategies. Fleet drivers can conserve fuel by learning how driving behaviors affect fuel economy and by adopting techniques to save fuel and money. The amount of fuel your vehicle consumes depends heavily on how you drive. 

Strategies for Fleet Managers to Conserve Fuel

Vehicle fleet managers can conserve fuel and maximize their efficiency through policies, technologies, equipment, and maintenance strategies. Fuel-efficient techniques for drivers are also important because every gallon of fuel saved can lead to monetary savings that affect the bottom line for fleets.

Learn more at the US Department of Energy's Alternative Fuels Data Center.

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.

Our Partners

Visit to CT Power Update page