Development of Incentive Programs to Foster Sustainable Freight Operations and the Use of Zero and Near Zero Emission Vehicles in Last Mile Distribution

California is in the midst of improving its freight system. The California Sustainable Freight Action Plan (CSFAP) established the goal of reaching a 25% increase in freight efficiency, the use of 100,000 zero emission vehicles and equipment (and maximize the number of near-zero emission vehicles) in the system, and improving economic competitiveness. Although there are multiple strategies and approaches to help achieve these goals, this study focuses on the urban component of the freight system. The urban freight system and the associated last-mile distribution operations are usually understudied and overlooked when trying to improve freight efficiency. However, research findings suggest that this is a key segment where operational and efficiency improvements are needed, and more importantly, last-mile distribution patterns and requirements align with zero and near-zero emission vehicle technologies’ capabilities. Consequently, this research seeks to contribute by analyzing the behavioral responses of freight stakeholders (i.e., carriers and receivers) to operational performance and non-financial incentive-based programs to foster sustainable urban freight operations and the adoption and use of zero and near zero emission vehicles in last-mile distribution to urban areas. It is expected that these types of incentives complement existing financial based strategies.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $117721
  • Contract Numbers:

    UCD-DOT-413

    DOT 69A3551747114

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA  United States 
  • Managing Organizations:

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA  United States 
  • Project Managers:

    Iacobucci, Lauren

  • Performing Organizations:

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA  United States 

    University of California, Davis

    Department of Environmental Science and Policy
    One Shields Avenue
    Davis, CA  United States  95616
  • Principal Investigators:

    Jaller, Miguel

  • Start Date: 20171001
  • Expected Completion Date: 20181231
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01650573
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Sustainable Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: UCD-DOT-413, DOT 69A3551747114
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 3 2017 7:23PM