Protecting the environment has become the hot button topic of the decade. Coupled with the belief that America needs to find a way to stop relying on foreign oil, green transportation has become a goal for many engineers and auto developers. Green transportation encompasses much more than smart cars. It is actually a new way of thinking about how we move through our world.
Green transportation is defined as any mode of transportation that is fuel efficient. This may include walking, carpooling, energy efficient cars or certain modes of mass transportation. These methods have become more popular in recent years as more Americans become aware of the enormous impact traditional methods of transportation has had on our environment. The rising clouds of smog and pollution as well as increasing amounts of congestion on our nation’s roadways have made it necessary to develop new methods of transportation that are green.
It is important to remember that transportation, whether it is green or not, is designed to provide access to services, goods, education, work, family and friends. Green developers are attempting to answer this need by providing vehicles that use sustainable energy sources, are ultra fuel efficient or otherwise limit the amount of pollution they cause and the amount of resources they use.
Some communities are already looking at ways to integrate green technology into their mass transit system. Relying on technologies which will reduce the environmental impact of mass transit will allow communities to create cities that are livable and vibrant, but are more importantly, sustainable.