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From Alternative Fuels to Electric Vehicles, Smart Cities Depend on Smarter Movement of People and Goods

In smart city initiatives, electrification of the personal vehicle, fleet and mass transit sectors is becoming an important tool for city officials and utilities as they reimagine how people and goods move sustainably across the urban environment. Zero-emission technologies are rapidly maturing within the transportation industry, and sales of electric vehicles are surging.

This market growth is propelled by broadening public adoption and increasing confidence that alternative fuels will be critical to efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Total operational costs and economics will drive adoption. Combined with growing optimism that electric vehicles will account for an increasing share of the personal vehicle market as batteries become cheaper and carry a longer range, cities may need to raise their game in two key areas:

  • They must accommodate citizen demand for alternative fuel infrastructure
  • And work with utilities and stakeholders to maximize the value and flexibility of increased electrification in transportation.

According to Black & Veatch’s Strategic Directions: Smart City/Smart Utility Report survey, more than 40 percent of respondents engaged in smart city initiatives ranked electric vehicles (light, medium and heavy vehicles) as among the most important technologies in the advancement of smart cities.