From Trip Data to the Energy Requirements of Personal Vehicle Travel

The proposed research would develop a method to quantify the energy needs of personal vehicle travel across individual trips and across cities. The project proposes to draw on data from diverse sources--ranging from high-resolution global position system (GPS) data to broad-geographical-coverage survey data--in order to quantify the total energy needs of transportation and how that energy is distributed across individual trips, clusters of trip types, and cities. This research addresses a gap in the ability to quantify how the energy needs of transportation at the aggregate level (city, region, country-wide) are distributed across individual trips, each with their own energy needs. While studies have focused on individual cities or socioeconomic groups, previous work has not developed a fine-grained map of transportation energy consumption with the geographical scope that is proposed here. It is this combination of information on the energy needs of individual trips and what kinds of trips account for what fraction of the total energy demand, that is needed to access candidate alternative energy technologies and fuels to address environmental impacts of transportation, and possibly other concerns such as congestion or safety.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $200000.00
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Start Date: 20131001
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20180930
  • Source Data: RiP Project 39270

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01557116
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: New England University Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC31, MITR25-16
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Mar 18 2015 1:00AM