Drivers would pay extra to cut carbon emissions

September 20, 2013

Most drivers are willing to pay for onboard technology that will reduce carbon emissions, as well as sacrifice some fuel economy and storage space, in order to cut greenhouse gases resulting from combustion engines, say University of Michigan researchers.

In a new online survey of driver opinion about carbon capture in vehicles, researchers at the U-M Transportation Research Institute found that respondents were willing to pay about $100 for a 20-percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions and $250 for an 80-percent reduction.

Further, drivers seem willing to accept a 5-percent reduction in and a 10-percent loss in storage space for a 20-percent cut in , and a 10-percent drop in fuel economy and a 16-percent loss in storage for an 80-percent reduction in emissions.

"While most efforts at containing are directed at large-scale stationary producers like coal-fired power plants or other industrial sources, there has also been interest in considering the feasibility of carbon capture from small distributed power plants, like gasoline-fueled internal-combustion engines ubiquitous in transportation," said John Sullivan, an assistant research scientist in UMTRI's Human Factors Group. "Various methods are under development to capture and store these gases before they enter the atmosphere."

One such method is equipping light vehicles with carbon capture and , which would require additional space (possibly in the trunk) and costs (for initial installation and reduced fuel economy).

Sullivan and UMTRI colleagues Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle say that the acceptability of carbon-capture technology depends on driver belief that human activity is associated with global warming.

"Drivers that reported agreement were found to be more accepting of in-vehicle carbon-capture technology and generally more willing to pay more for this technology or to trade storage space and for such technology," said Sivak, a research professor in UMTRI's Human Factors Group and director of Sustainable Worldwide Transportation, a research consortium that addresses major road transportation issues worldwide.

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2.4 / 5 (12) Sep 20, 2013
Mileage is already low enough, idiots. With present gas prices, I don't want any reduction in mileage.

In fact, I'm willing to pollute more if it increases my mileage, because that's what's practical to me.

If you have to lug around a carbon capture system, the reality is most of what you capture coming out of the exhaust, by volume, is actually going to be water vapor.


How many cubic feet of carbon dioxide, and at what pressure, do you expect to capture?

Did you idiots take into account the cost of delivering all this captured CO2 to wherever it's going to be sequestered?

I can see lines of trucks with compressed CO2 on the interstate driving across the country to some location for sequestration, eating up the majority of the difference anyway.
1 / 5 (2) Sep 22, 2013
IN fact luxury cars, a french one, incorporate this right now. We have a huge embarrassment in not having our money have real value when we buy cars. The 'premium' tax has been far too high and is imposed by private marketing shortsighted analysis. I've been a critic of the national SEER standard since it went to 10, and it now being regional makes it only more comical. Claims for how much it has saved ignore the fact it has enabled the poor air to air, always on, etc., designs to remain, when they are mutations and should of been instead simply banned for continuously occupied or other then seasonal residential structures.

There is no right to pollute. It should not be affordable to capture your toxins and just dump them problematically. The cost of doing so should instead prompt real innovation like that investment presently inefficiently suffered by individuals being communally created far better- everyone but those entities that are our cancer's winning, companies like G.M.c
1.5 / 5 (8) Sep 22, 2013
Put up donation boxes at gas stations and see how many will pay extra.

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