Publications

The National Center for Sustainable Transportation primarily publishes research reports, white papers / research synthesis papers, and policy/research briefs. NCST funding also supports the production of journal articles, conference papers, books, dissertations, theses, presentations, posters, and more.

Congestion Reduction via Personalized Incentives

Research Product Type
Research Brief
Researchers at the University of Southern California developed a real-time, distributed algorithm for offering personalized incentives to individual drivers to make socially optimal routing decisions.

Failing Malls: Optimizing Opportunities for Housing

Research Product Type
Research Report
This research is focused on how mall conversions can be planned and implemented in a sustainable way. From a review of the relevant literature on sustainable redevelopment, and taking into account the California context, the project developed sustainability criteria for assessing shopping mall redevelopment plans in the state, and applied the criteria to four cases with active redevelopment plans.

Cost of Plug-in Electric Vehicle Ownership: The Cost of Transitioning to Five Million Plug-In Vehicles in California

Research Product Type
Research Report
This report presents a detailed analysis of vehicle manufacturing costs and market-level TCO accounting for technology uncertainties, behavioral heterogeneity, and key decision parameters of automakers. Using the estimates of the vehicle manufacturing costs, the cost of electrification of California’s LDV fleet is estimated to achieve the state’s net-zero emission goal by 2045.

Discontinuance Among California’s Electric Vehicle Buyers: Why are Some Consumers Abandoning Electric Vehicles?

Research Product Type
Research Report
Discontinuance, the act of abandoning a new technology after once being an adopter, has implications for market growth and could prevent electric vehicles from ever reaching 100% market share. Using results from five surveys of electric vehicle owners, the researchers examine discontinuance among battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle adopters.

Why are Some California Consumers Abandoning Electric Vehicle Ownership?

Research Product Type
Policy Brief
This policy brief summarizes findings from research that surveyed California PEV buyers 2–7 years after they first purchased their EV to understand whether they have continued to choose PEVs with subsequent purchases, and if not, what factors may have led to their discontinuance of the technology.

The Sustainability of Alternative Last-Mile Delivery Strategies

Research Product Type
Policy Brief
This policy brief summarizes findings and policy implications from UC Davis research that developed models for e-commerce demand, last-mile delivery operations, and cost and sustainability assessment, then applied this modeling framework to a case study in Southern California to evaluate the potential impact of these strategies under different delivery scenarios

Can Complete Streets Deliver on Sustainability?

Research Product Type
Policy Brief
This policy brief summarizes findings from UC Davis research that used life cycle assessment, a modeling tool for evaluating a product or activity’s environmental impacts through all stages of its life, to quantify the environmental performance of complete streets.

Setting TNC Policies to Increase Sustainability

Research Product Type
White Paper
This research aims to assess the goals and effectiveness of the fees and taxes on transportation network company (TNC) platforms in achieving some of policy objectives, such as traffic and emissions mitigation, as well as revenue generation.