All Research Products

The National Center for Sustainable Transportation's primary output from research is reports and white papers. Each project is also required to produce a Project Brief to summarize and highlight the policy and/or research findings and implications. NCST research also produces journal articles, conference papers, books, dissertations, theses, presentations, and posters. The NCST has also created various tools that can be used by policymakers and practitioners, such as models, calculators, and planning tools.

Empirical analysis of the role of incentives in zero-emission last-mile deliveries in California

Research Product Type
Associated Publication
This paper evaluates the role of incentives for zero and near-zero emission vehicle (ZEV) technologies in last-mile delivery operations. Specifically, the study investigates the total cost of ownership and life cycle environmental impacts associated with last-mile deliveries, and compares the private and public costs of different vehicle powertrain and fuel pathways, under existing incentives in the State of California.

Dataset: Total Cost of Ownership of Plug-in Electric Vehicles Calculations Data sheet

Research Product Type
Data
This data from the Cost of Plug-In EV Ownership project was collected from academic research, industry technical reports, and vehicle technology data maintained by the EPA and the Alternative Fuel Data Center. The household-level data used for market segmentation is obtained from the 2019 California Vehicle Survey hosted by NREL.

Consideration of Automated Vehicle Benefits and Research Needs for Rural America

Research Product Type
Research Report
This paper examines mechanisms for autonomous vehicle-induced increases in vehicle miles traveled (VMT) – some of which are expected to have a disproportionately larger impact on rural VMT – and outlines five methods that have been used to study VMT changes: travel demand equalization; travel demand elasticity; travel demand models; and stated and revealed preference surveys.

Workforce Development Needs of Transportation Sector Climate Adaptation Professionals

Research Product Type
White Paper
This white paper assesses the workforce development needs and current training opportunities related to transportation-sector climate adaptation. To do so, training needs were examined and opportunities identified by state and regional transportation agencies; training needs of aspiring and early-career climate adaptation professionals were cataloged; and a scan was completed of the educational opportunities in climate adaptation currently offered by universities in the United States.

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.

Wildlife Crossing Calculator

Research Product Type
Calculator
The Wildlife Crossing Calculator (WCC) includes a set of analytical tools to help estimate the costs to the public of crashes involving wildlife and compare those costs with the costs and benefits of wildlife crossing mitigations.

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.

Dataset: 2020 Critical Update to Caltrans Wildfire Vulnerability Analysis

Research Product Type
Data
The data and materials presented here support a research project conducted by UC Davis in support of Caltrans, a transportation agency that is conducting a wildfire vulnerability risk assessment for fuels reduction in the right of Way (ROW) to protect Caltrans’ infrastructure and travelers.