Transportation, the life's blood of our economy, runs predominantly on petroleum. That's a growing problem for several reasons: competition, supplies, costs, and climate changes. Yet we still need to move and grow. Rethinking fuels and the engines that use them is now the job of researchers, manufacturers, investors, government - and consumers. So what fuels are now in the pipeline?
Planes, trains and automobiles? Yes, and buses, bikes and blimps. All of the above! They carry us three thousand miles "from sea to shining sea." Through big gulps of still-open space. Room for solitude. And suburbs. And commuting.
That's transit in the U.S.A. Butthe big romance in transit is the automobile. It plays a major part in the shifting energy paradigm, as inexpensive gasoline, looked on by many as an American birthright, becomes more expensive in a more competitive world.
New or used? An '12 hybrid or an '84 hearse? Data on cars, vans, SUVs and light trucks right up to the latest electric hybrids. Compare possible choices. Learn how to save money by saving fuel. It's all here!
How transportation has evolved in the U.S. from 1800 to the present and how that has shaped our history, culture, economy and world view. This is not only an important exhibit, it's also fun! If you can't see it in Washington, D.C., go through it here with your kids and play the special online games with them at the end!