At the pump
Downturn in US fuel consumption under way
20 February 2013
A secular downturn in US fuel consumption is under way as Americans fall out of love with their cars
The road to efficiency for global transportation
13 February 2013
Changes are afoot in global transportation that will profoundly affect the oil sector
Car numbers will soar as vehicles become more efficient
13 February 2013
The number of cars will soar in the coming decades. But they will do much more for much less fuel
The fuel-efficient future of transport
26 May 2011
Fuel efficiency and environmental concerns are driving change in the transport sector. Helen Robertson reports from this year’s Michelin Challenge Bibendum in Berlin
High pump prices drive electric-vehicle advances
14 December 2010
THE DEATH knell of the internal-combustion engine may not be sounding just yet, but oil producers must plan pricing strategies carefully if they are to avoid derailing growth in petroleum-powered transport
Electric transport dreams
28 October 2010
China is engaged in a push to promote electric vehicles, which could promote the wider global adoption of the technology
Aviation collects its ETS boarding pass
28 October 2010
The EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) has received a boost from an apparent shift in attitude by the airline industry that could lead to the inclusion of aviation emissions in the ETS
IEA spells out effect of subsidies
29 July 2010
A PHASE-OUT of fuel subsidies across the world between now and 2020 could cut global oil demand by as much as 2m barrels a day (b/d) by 2015 and by 5m-6m b/d in a decade's time, preliminary research by the International Energy Agency (IEA) suggests
US: Bad times for biodiesel producers
2 June 2010
THE US biodiesel business is on life support, waiting for legislative action that could save it
A transport fuel with a future
1 September 2009
Concerns over energy supply security, greenhouse-gas emissions and oil-price volatility are generating greater interest in natural gas vehicles, writes Ian Lewis
The ultimate recycled fuel
1 September 2009
The future-fuels puzzle
1 November 2008
No-one knows what the future of transportation will look like, but Shell's Jack Jacometti believes GTL fuel will form a big part of the puzzle. Interview by Tom Nicholls
An enduring spectacle – with a serious side
1 August 2008
Le Mans has been described as a "24-hour party with one hell of a race attached". But there is more to it than that. For the companies behind the racing teams it's a chance to try out engineering and fuels in a gruelling and very public arena, writes Alex Forbes
Diesel beats gasoline
1 July 2006
A diesel car running on a blend containing GTL fuel has won the 24-hour Le Mans endurance race. In a landmark year for GTL, it is a dream result for the industry. Tom Nicholls writes
New product hits the road
31 May 2006
The world's first commercial, large-scale facility to make GTL diesel – a high-quality motor fuel, never to have seen the inside of a refinery – is due to start-up this month. But, despite the claimed attractive economics of the new plant, plans for other facilities are making slow progress, Martin Quinlan writes
Gas price woes
1 January 2006
UK gas consumers had a shock in November when spot prices suddenly increased five-fold. They remained high into last month. With nine years of net exports having come to an end in 2004 and North Sea gas production forecast to decline fairly rapidly, some say price spikes will be a continuing feature of the UK market. Others say large-scale imports, through infrastructure due to be completed this year and next, could help to restore price stability, Martin Quinlan writes
Downstream business gets the high-tech treatment
1 June 2000
The downstream oil industry’s traditional business model focuses on selling the output of refineries rather than on satisfying customer needs. Control over the early stages of the value chain has historically been key to long-term success and profitability for the vertically-integrated major oil companies. However, the commodity nature of many refined petroleum products, and the pressures of globalisation are forcing companies rapidly to shift their emphasis, writes Neil Thomas, manager, energy practice, Arthur D Little, London