Peak Cars

Flattening Vehicle Sales and their Implications for Automakers, City Planners, and the Cleantech Industry


During the 2008-2010 recession, vehicle miles traveled in the United States fell for the first time in 3 decades.  At the same time, the number of vehicles on the roads appeared to plateau.  This raised the real possibility that car sales have peaked, and that the total number of privately owned vehicles will flatten and start to gradually decline.  Some countries in Western Europe are even more likely to see Peak Cars in the coming decade, as a result of demographic changes, traffic congestion, and increased transportation alternatives.  Peak cars will have broad implications on demand for public transportation systems, urban planning priorities, vehicle manufacturing, fossil fuel consumption, and the cleantech industry; indeed, this trend will reshape our cities and our lifestyles.

Featuring principal research analyst Dave Hurst, along with research director Eric Woods, and Phineas Baxandall, senior analyst for Transportation Policy at the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, this webinar examines the evidence for peak cars, the implications for cities, governments, and citizens, and how this phenomenon will affect the transportation and cleantech industries.

Key Topics:
  • Vehicle sales
  • Metropolitan area growth rates
  • Peak cars
  • Urban planning
  • Fossil fuel consumption
  • Smart cities
  • Urban sustainability
What does this webinar answer?
  • What is the concept of peak cars and why is it important?
  • Have the U.S. and Europe reached peak cars?
  • What will peak cars mean for automobile manufacturers and suppliers?
  • How will city infrastructure be impacted by the market hitting peak cars?
  • How do demographics play a role in whether or not the markets have hit peak cars?
  • How can cleantech stakeholders take advantage of peak cars?
Who needs to attend?
  • Automotive OEM Strategy Planners
  • Car Sharing Planning Managers
  • Public Transportation Planners
  • Urban Planners
  • Gasoline/Diesel Refining and Distributor Managers
  • Electric Vehicle Makers
  • Cleantech Stakeholders
  • Alternative Transportation Providers
  • Investor Community
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Webinar Details


Tuesday, June 11, 2013


12:00 pm EDT

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Media Partner

EV World

Speaker Details

Eric Woods

Research Director

Navigant Research

Dave Hurst

Principal Research Analyst

Navigant Research

Phineas Baxandall

Senior Analyst for Transportation Policy

U.S. Public Interest Research Group

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