DOE Promoting Carbon Fiber Thru New $11m Reward
The U.S. Department of Energy is looking toward the future, it seems, by giving out awards totaling over $11 million to two projects aimed at advancing carbon fiber technology through renewable non-food-based feedstocks, like “woody biomass” and agricultural byproducts. Carbon fiber, if you are unaware, can – if applied to the auto transport industry – help to increase fuel efficiency and lower the environmental impact of burning fossil fuels. Biodiesel is another word for it, and it’s something that we here at American Auto Shipping have been talking about for a few years now. According to Green Car Congress, the awards will go to two different research firms, the Southern Research Institute and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, to help them advance the carbon fiber movement and get these technologies into the hands of the people.
This can be big. For years, speculation about carbon fiber and other biomass technologies has abounded, but little has been made in the way of implementing it into standard auto transport trucks. Biofuel has made its way into our standard fuel, with things like E10 and E15 mixes already being implemented for use in standard cars, but this research could potentially have major impacts on the auto transport industry, particularly on customers and how much they pay. Auto transport trucks get anywhere from 7-10 miles per gallon of diesel fuel; that’s not very good fuel economy, and they get even less around big cities where stop and go traffic sees them idling a lot on the open road. Biofuels could help mitigate the costs by providing cleaner-burning, more efficient fuels for their trucks to run on, increasing fuel efficiency while at the same time lowering auto transportation prices for customers.
Right now the largest fixed cost in the industry is fuel. Diesel costs anywhere from $3.80 in the Gulf States to roughly $4.00 on the West Coast for a gallon of diesel. That’s a lot of money. Nationwide averages are right around $3.85 a gallon, which can really put a hole in an auto shippers’ wallet. Lowering fuel costs help to lower auto transport prices, and customers like yourself could start seeing this implemented sometime within the next decade, if we’re lucky. Until then, unfortunately, auto transporters have to run on diesel, but lucky for you we can get you multiple free quotes from highly rated auto transportation companies that work with only the best auto shippers in the industry. They can get you great deals to ship from anywhere, to anywhere in the United States, and you can also call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents. They can answer questions, get you free quotes, and much more.