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Previous and Ongoing Analyses :

Carbon Impacts of Transportation Technologies and Systems

  • Climate Change 2007 (IPCC AR4): Mitigation of Climate Change. Chapter 5: Transport and its infrastructure (David Greene, co-lead author)
  • "Facing the Challenges of Oil Dependence and Climate Change: What Will It Take?" Testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development. Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2362B, February 14, 2008 (David Greene)
  • "Is Cap-and-Trade a Sufficient Carbon Policy for Transportation?" Testimony to the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Legislative Hearing on America's Climate Security Act of 2007. Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 406, November 13, 2007 (David Greene)
  • Plug-in hybrid vehicle technology (PHEV) consumer choice model with detailed market segmentation – studies impact of plug-in hybrid vehicle technology progress and policies on carbon emissions (David Greene, Zhenhong Lin)
  • Dynamic model to simulate the behavior of car makers, fuel infrastructure providers and consumers in the context of transportation energy transition for a given scenario of technology, energy prices and carbon policy (David Greene, Zhenhong Lin)
  • Consumer choice model of switching fuels has been built and applied to Minnesota; statistical analysis of nationwide drivers based on national travel survey data (David Greene, Zhenhong Lin)
  • Greenhouse gas management compendium for public transit agencies (Frank Southworth)
  • Carbon footprinting for largest 100 metropolitan areas (Frank Southworth)
  • Intercity rail passenger transportation corridors: greenhouse gas emissions savings potential (Frank Southworth)
  • Relationships between vehicle miles of travel, urban development, energy use and greenhouse gas emissions (Frank Southworth)
  • Das, S., T. R. Curlee, D. W. Jones, P. N. Leiby, J. D. Rubin, S. M. Schexnayder, D. P. Vogt, and A. K. Wolfe, 1999 (March). Supporting Infrastructure and Acceptability Issues for Materials Used in New Generation Vehicles. ORNL/TM-13731. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee (Sujit Das, Paul Leiby, Dave Vogt, Amy Wolfe)

Carbon Price, Emissions Trading

  • Analysis of spatial deployment of energy infrastructure (carbon capture and storage) stimulated by a “price on carbon.” (Jeff Bielicki)

Relevant Areas of Expertise and Capabilities:

Economic, Market and Behavioral Analyses

  • Consumer choice modeling (David Greene, Zhenhong Lin)
  • Market assessment of vehicle technologies (David Greene, Zhenhong Lin)
  • Policy impact analysis, such as federal acquisition (David Greene, Zhenhong Lin)

Sectoral Analyses

  • PHEV usage behavior modeling (David Greene, Zhenhong Lin)
  • Carbon impact analysis of vehicle technologies (David Greene, Zhenhong Lin)


Edition 36 of the Transportation Energy Data Book Released
The Transportation Energy Data Book (TEDB) is a compendium of data on transportation with an emphasis on energy. Designed for use as a desktop reference, the TEDB was first published in 1976 and has continued to Edition 35. The TEDB is produced by Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

2016 Vehicle Technologies Market Report
The 2016 Vehicle Technologies Market Report was released May 25, 2017 via the web. The report details the major trends in U.S. light-duty vehicle and medium/heavy truck markets. This report is produced by Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Numerous CTA Staff gave presentations at the DOE Annual Merit Review Meeting, June 6-10, 2016.
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) 2016 Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meetings for the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program and the Vehicle Technologies Program were held June 6-10, 2016. Numerous CTA Staff presented at this event.