Driving Down Carbon: The Role of Electric and Autnomous Vehicles



Driving Down Carbon: 
The Role of Electric and Autonomous Vehicles

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 • 7:00 p.m.
SEIU Local 49 Hall, 3536 SE 26th Ave, Portland
Free and Open to the Public

How will the rapidly accelerating introduction of autonomous, electric, and hybrid vehicles impact our lives and environment? How will they impact greenhouse gas emissions? How might they change the urban landscape? Find out when Let’s Talk Climate presents a panel discussion on strategies and effects of electric and autonomous vehicles on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. We will meet at the SEIU Local 49 Union Hall at 3526 SE 26th Ave, Portland, just south of Powell.
The adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) has outpaced most expectations. In addition to passenger cars, electric transit buses and delivery trucks are on the horizon.
The technology for autonomous vehicles (AVs) is developing rapidly. It is widely expected that AVs will be electrically driven and used on demand in a shared transportation economy.
Both of these raise opportunities and concerns for urban planning. The electric grid will need to accommodate the increased demand, and there may be less need for fossil fuel infrastructure. AVs might need less lane width and travel more closely to one another, perhaps resulting in more space in existing rights of way. At the same time, perhaps AVs would encourage longer commutes if we could use the time spent on the road more productively than driving, increasing pressure on the current urban growth boundary.
The panel will address strategies to encourage adoption of EVs that enable a just rollout, the considerations of testing AVs, and some of the potential implications for urban planning.
Panelists include Ingrid Fish, Policy & Research Analyst with the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability; Eliot Rose, Technology Strategist, Metro; and Becky Steckler, Program Manager, Urbanism Next, University of Oregon.
This event is presented by Let’s Talk Climate, a group created by neighbors, for neighbors. It is made possible in part through logistical support from Renew Oregon and 350PDX. More info by e-mail at contact@letstalkclimatepdx.org. You can also like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/letstalkclimate
The event is free and open to the public, but we appreciate your signing up on Eventbrite at https://drivingdowncarbon.eventbrite.com.

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