InTransition Magazine
Article URL:
InTransition Magazine : Transportation Planning, Practice & Progress

Archive Edition

Archived editions: 

From the Chairman's Desk

 


Amid much fanfare and media attention, Jeffrey Kaffee of Parsippany, N.J., became the first U.S. resident to drive home a Chevrolet Volt in December. He’ll be far from the last.

As our cover story details, America’s drivers will soon be sharing the roads with a multiplying variety of electric and hybrid vehicles. Virtually every major automaker and a number of startups plan on introducing their versions soon, which is ideal for consumers. The greater the competition in this market, the greater the chance for innovation, quality and affordability.

We in the transportation planning field are well aware of the economic threats posed by rising fuel prices and supply shortages. The new wave of cars being rolled out by the auto industry represents a major opportunity for the nation to lessen its oil dependence. The technology is still in its infancy, but in vehicles like the Volt and the Nissan Leaf, we see promising possibilities for the future.

Daniel P. Sullivan
Chairman, North Jersey Transportation
Planning Authority

Return to this Issue