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Transport research within the energy initiative is carried out across a number of departments and research groups at the University of Cambridge.

Research includes:

Ground Transport

  • Electric vehicles, including electric vehicle drive cycles and batteries and fuel cells development.
  • Heavy goods vehicles dynamics, including novel suspensions and control concepts for more efficient lorries.


  • Gas turbine aerodynamics
  • High temperature materials research in 4th and 5th generation turbine blade materials.

System Modelling

  • The development and deployment of smart networks for urban transport monitoring systems
  • Modelling transport in cities to investigate the system-wide impact of technological interventions such as electric and fuel cell vehicles, hybrid electric power trains, use of light-weight materials, downsizing, alternative fuels. 
  • The impacts investigated include energy use and emissions, capital and operating costs, energy demand under different policy scenarios.
  • Aviation integrated modelling of future travel demand, as well as the environmental impacts of aviation.

Some key centres and initiatives include:

We collaborate with industrial partners and are also actively involved in increasing both energy awareness and public understanding of the opportunities and challenges in transport.

Please visit individual faculty profiles to learn more about their research in the Transport theme.  The lead for Transport is .

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