Projects

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The National Center for Sustainable Transportation funds a variety of research grants, organized by our four research themes (Environmentally Responsible Infrastructure and Operations; Multi-Modal Travel and Sustainable Land Use; Zero-Emission Vehicle and Fuel Technologies; and Institutional Change), and by project type (applied research projects, white papers / research synthesis, seed grants, translational projects, dissertation grants, and graduate student-led research). 

What California Gains from Reducing Car Dependence

  • Principal Investigator Susan Handy
  • University of California, Davis

Reducing the need for driving makes it possible to reduce the amount of driving and the myriad negative impacts that come with it:  greenhouse gas emissions, air and water pollution, injur

Project Status
Complete

Portable Eco-Connected Vehicle Testing System

  • Principal Investigator David Oswald
  • University of California, Riverside

The goal of this project is to make a portable Eco-Approach and Departure (EAD) system so that any vehicle can utilize the technology. Researchers will incorporate the EAD technology into the vehic

Project Status
In Progress

Improving Our Understanding of Fire Evacuation and Displacement Effects

  • Principal Investigator Debbie Niemeier
  • University of California, Davis
This research will improve understanding of the urban edge wildfire resilience by developing greater insight into three key mobility aspects of the Camp Fire disaster: communication, evacuation, and post-disaster residential location decision-making.
Project Status
In Progress

Life Cycle Assessment of Complete Streets: Case Studies

  • Principal Investigator John Harvey
  • University of California, Davis
The purpose of this project is to test the complete streets life cycle assessment framework by using it to quantify the environmental and social impacts of complete streets.
Project Status
In Progress

Quantifying the Effects of Vehicle Electrification Programs on Traffic Loads

  • Principal Investigator Hanjiro Ambrose
  • University of California, Davis
This study will explore the impacts of vehicle electrification policies on traffic loads in California. The white paper will provide estimates of how increased vehicle electrification could impact axle weights, average traffic loads, and pavement damages.
Project Status
In Progress

Cost of Plug-in Electric Vehicle Ownership: How the cost of ownership impacts the choice between conventional and plug-in electric vehicles

  • Principal Investigator Debapriya Chakraborty
  • University of California, Davis
This project will study the factors influencing the total cost of ownership and operation of Plug-In Electric Vehicles and how policies like CAFE and fuel/electricity price trends impact the comparative costs of internal combustion engines and plug-in electric vehicles.
Project Status
In Progress