The Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis (ITS-Davis) is the leading university center in the world on sustainable transportation. ITS-Davis researchers and students are unraveling the mysteries of consumer behavior, developing and analyzing new fuel and vehicle technologies, and producing the tools and information needed by government and industry to advance more sustainable transportation. Founded in 1991, ITS-Davis has grown to include over 60 affiliated faculty and researchers, 120 graduate students, and has an annual budget of $12 million dollars. ITS-Davis also hosts a unique interdisciplinary Transportation Technology and Policy (TTP) graduate program that draws from 34 different academic disciplines. TTP alumni have gone on to serve as leaders in government, industry, and non-profit organizations.
ITS-Davis is also home to several research centers that are leading international, national, statewide and regional initiatives. The China Center for Energy and Transportation is a landmark international collaboration with Chinese and U.S. researchers aimed at accelerating the commercialization of plug-in and fuel cell electric cars in China. The multi-university National Center for Sustainable Transportation, which is one of five national University Transportation Centers designated by the U.S. Department of Transportation, is helping federal, state, regional, and local agencies reduce greenhouse gas emissions from passenger and freight travel. For over a decade, the Plug-in Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Center has served as an international leader in consumer perspectives and vehicle use, charging infrastructure, fleet market development, battery studies, impact of human-machine interfaces on behavior, and measuring, monitoring and understanding the quickly evolving market for plug-in vehicles. Founded in 2007, the Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways Research Program provides government and industry consistent and transparent comparisons of promising alternative energy and vehicle technology pathways that achieve large reductions in oil use and greenhouse gas emissions. Other affiliated centers at UC Davis include: the Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy, UC Pavement Research Center, and the Road Ecology Center. Learn more about ITS-Davis by visiting its website and joining its mailing list.