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.
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.
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.
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.