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An Alternative Fuel Future?

June 28, 2011

An Alternative Fuel Future?
Two researchers talk to Science & the City about petroleum dependence and the future of the automobile in the 21st century—from the new electric car to advanced biofuels.

In episode of our podcast, two researchers tell Science & the City about petroleum dependence and the future of the automobile in the 21st century.

First, Ann Schlenker, section leader of the Vehicle Systems Group at Argonne National Laboratory, talks about the new electric car. Then, Dr. Bruce Bunting of the Fuels, Engines and Emissions Research Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, takes over and tells us how advanced biofuels could help wean the US off of its petroleum habit.


Both Bunting and Schlenker spoke at a conference on Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AFVs) earlier this June, titled "Bringing Innovation to Our Streets." The day-long conference was organized by NYU's Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management. For more information about AFVs—from electric plug-ins, to natural gas vehicles and biofuel-powered cars—and about the conference itslef visit

We would like to thank the Rudin Center and their event sponsors, ConEdison and NYSERDA, for allowing us access to the AFV conference for this podcast.