TSRC Research

Advanced Vehicles and Fuels 

TSRC aims to reduce pollution from vehicle exhaust and dependence on imported fossil fuels. TSRC is analyzing the real world and potential future performance of electric, hydrogen, and biofuel vehicles. Research focuses on technical performance, economics, behavioral response, and environmental impacts of these technologies.


Energy and Infrastructure 

TSRC does extensive research on the intersection of transportation and other key infrastructure systems. This includes utility electrical grids and intelligent transportation systems (ITS), such as eco-driving, real-time traveler and refueling information, and automated speed enforcement.


Innovative Mobility

Innovative mobility research focuses on understanding and developing new business models and services that integrate advanced technologies, including electronic and wireless communication systems and alternative fuels, to develop new transportation choices and services. TSRC’s research in this area includes carsharing, bikesharing, ridesharing, and smart parking management.

Goods Movement

Goods movement is a term used to describe the way goods are transported by truck, train, ship, and plane. Not only is goods movement vital to the well-being of the country’s economy, it impacts the health of its citizens. California’s roadways carry more commercial vehicle truck traffic than any other state, and almost all of these trucks run on diesel.  Diesel exhaust has serious effects on human health; it is classified by California as a carcinogen and contains 40 hazardous air pollutants listed by the U.S. EPA.  Moreover, of all transportation sources, heavy-duty vehicles generate 19 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., and are therefore a significant contributor to global warming.  TSRC’s goods movement projects, such as smart parking for trucks, truck electrification, and eco-driving for trucks, are aimed at researching innovative solutions to reduce the negative environmental and health impacts associated with getting products from Point A to Point B.


Mobility for Special Populations

Improving transit connections through innovative mobility options such as carsharing, smart parking, the EasyConnect program, and ridesharing can make seamless door-to-door connectivity a viable option for consumers.  These modes of transportation help get people out of their individual cars and into public transit or carpooling. TSRC’s research is focused on improving transit connections because of the many benefits that result. Reducing the number of trips made by single occupancy vehicles eases traffic congestion, saves energy because less fuel is used, and cuts down on air pollution.

Transportation and Energy Systems Analysis

TSRC conducts analysis and modeling of transportation energy systems. Recent studies have examined the interaction between electric vehicles and electric utility grids, the environmental impacts of biofuel production, and the policy implications of uncertainty in our estimates of the climate effects of transportation fuels. 


Future of Mobility

Improving access to and minimizing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation systems requires assessments of rapidly developing trends. Trends in transportation technology, innovative business models, renewable energy, machine learning, and user behavior are likely to converge, impacting transportation systems and mobility options. The Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC) is studying the future of mobility to inform decision making and facilitate planning by considering these developments alongside overarching climate change and economic effects.




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