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.

Comparison of “Advanced” biofuel cost estimates: Trends during rollout of low carbon fuel policies

Research Product Type
Associated Publication
This paper reviews literature on production cost at the plantgate – without considering taxes or delivery costs – for selected biofuel technology pathways using a levelized cost of fuel approach, applying common financing assumptions for capital amortization and converting all values to year 2016 dollars, and examines results in the current low carbon fuel policy context.

User Perceptions of Safety and Security: A Framework for a Transition to Electric-Shared-Automated Vehicles

Research Product Type
White Paper
This white paper focuses on (actual and potential) users of systems of electrically-powered, shared, and automated vehicles (e-SAVs) as well as other road-users, e.g., pedestrians and cyclists. The role of user perceptions of safety and security are reviewed to create an initial framework to evaluate how they may affect who will initially use systems of e-SAVs for personal mobility and how safety and security will have to be addressed to foster sustained transitions.

Lessons Learned for Designing Programs to Charge for Road Use, Congestion, and Emissions

Research Product Type
White Paper
This study provides an overview of the academic literature related to vehicle pricing, examines case studies of locations where pricing has been implemented, and investigates the design choices for programs that would address each of three major externalities related to vehicle use: road damage, emissions (both greenhouse gases and local pollutants), and congestion.

Transit Oriented Development Opportunities Among Failing Malls

Research Product Type
Policy Brief
This policy brief summarizes findings from a white paper that provided the rationale for turning failing shopping malls with large footprints into mixed-use housing, then providing or enhancing transit to these redevelopment projects, which could result in successful TODs.

Renewable Natural Gas Research Center Project

Research Product Type
Research Report
Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) is an important alternative fuel that can help the State of California meet several greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction and renewable energy targets. Despite considerable potential, current RNG use on national and state levels are not significant. RNG production potential in California through thermochemical conversion was evaluated as part of this project by assessing technical biomass availability in the state.

Understanding the Early Adopters of Fuel Cell Vehicles

Research Product Type
Policy Brief
This policy brief summarizing findings from the study which investigated fuel cell vehicle buyers in California and compared them to battery electric vehicle owners, with the hope of understanding why some households choose a FCV rather than a BEV.