Clean transport technologies and fuels

Clean transport technologies and fuels

Expert advice for the implementation of effective transport technology

As a recognised market leader, we apply evidence-based analysis to develop strategies and action plans that improve the sustainability and efficiencies of vehicles and fleets, in addition to identifying opportunities for investment in low-carbon and low-pollution technologies and fuels.

We have in-depth understanding of the transport and climate change policy landscape globally, including policy and regulations on greenhouse gases, fuel economy, air quality, safety, fuel quality standards, alternative refuelling/recharging infrastructure and carbon pricing.

Our expertise covers:

  • All transport modes: road, rail, aviation, maritime and urban mobility.
  • All powertrain types, fuels and energy carriers: conventional, hybrid, electric, natural gas, hydrogen, biofuels and other low carbon fuels (e.g., synthetic e-fuels)

We use a wide range of qualitative and quantitative approaches in our analyses, underpinned by a sound understanding of transport technologies and fuels (drawing on Ricardo’s wider engineering expertise), practical considerations and the policy context to help both policymakers and businesses in the transport industry explore the environmental, economic and feasibility implications of new and emerging business models.

To support our work, we develop and use bespoke modelling tools to explore the energy, environmental and economic impacts of different technology and policy scenarios, and infrastructure implications. Examples of our tools that have been applied in a range of analyses include:

  • the Sustainable Transport Model (SULTAN) – developed in 2010 to analyse the potential impact of different technologies and policy pathways for all modes of transport, and the development of sustainable mobility strategies. It has been used in many policy studies at EU level (for the EC, and a range of NGOs and trade associations).
  • The Bus Charger Route Model (BusChaRM) tool helps decision makers assess the relative costs and emissions of different electric bus technologies and has been instrumental to assessing optimum charging locations for zero emission buses in the West Midlands.
  • Ricardo’s Vehicle life-cycle assessment (LCA) modelling framework – developed to provide a comprehensive and consistent analysis of the environmental impacts of a wide range of road vehicle types, powertrains and fuel/electricity production chains. This framework is used to inform advice for policymakers and to support strategy development in the transport industry.