Category Archives: DOE

Autonomous Vehicles: When Will They Truly Arrive?

We’ve been hearing buzz about autonomous cars for almost a century now, with the dreams of a self-driving car for everyday use showing up in fictional accounts of the future in the 1930’s. As we saw the promises of other once far-fetched inventions come to fruition, we’ve continued to wait for the reality of an autonomous vehicle. Each year it seems that we are given more exciting updates about the encroaching arrival of truly autonomous vehicles on our streets, but so far test vehicles have yet to give way to a functioning consumer product. 

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The Future of Fuel Taxes – What Might Happen as Trucks Become More Efficient

Traditionally, state governments have funded road construction through taxes on fuel. As vehicles become more efficient, though, the income from fuel tax is affected, with long-term concerns that it might eventually become insufficient. An increase in electric cars – and the introduction of electric trucks (Tesla recently unveiled an electric semi-truck) is starting to cause revenues to drop. With more than 90 percent of federal Highway Trust Fund receipts being collected at the pump, this is a very real concern.

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Diesel Fuel Prices Fall Slightly for December 9, 2013

The DOE reported the national cost for diesel fuel prices fell four-tenths of a penny to $3.879 a gallon. After coming off 2 straight weeks of increases it’s nice to see a fall back. The national average diesel fuel cost is 11.2 cents lower than a year ago at this time.

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A Date With Lower Diesel Fuel Prices Again

8 for 8. Diesel fuel prices fell yet another week, making this the 8th straight week. The national Department of Energy (DOE) reported diesel fuel prices fell 5.5 cents for the week of April 22, 2013. This makes the cost of diesel fuel $3.887 per gallon. This almost 2 dimes (19.8 cents) cheaper than this time last year.

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