California leads the nation in setting policy to reduce emissions from vehicles. Research from the Luskin Center for Innovation (LCI) informed many of California’s clean vehicle policies, which are a model for other states. LCI publications also guided the creation of complete, living streets accessible to pedestrian, cyclists and transit riders in communities across the U.S. Through its multifaceted research, LCI helps accelerate the transition to zero-emission transportation for a more stable climate and healthier, equitable communities.

Our Research

Clean Vehicle Policy

Californians buy more than half of all electric vehicles sold in the U.S. LCI research has helped design the state’s incentives for clean cars. This includes a redesign of the clean vehicle rebate to further efficiency and equity goals, and the assessment of a program in which Californians trade in old, inefficient vehicles for cleaner options.
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Electric Vehicle Planning

Electric vehicle charging infrastructure is a critical component of transportation electrification, a strategy favored by policymakers seeking to reduce the climate and local air quality impacts of transportation. LCI has conducted much of the analysis that has and continues to inform strategic siting of charging stations in California.
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Clean Mobility for
Low-Income Households

Low-income households in the U.S. are disproportionately affected by transportation-related air pollution and yet have few transportation options compared to the affluent. LCI has informed the design and implementation of policies resulting in improved mobility for low- and moderate-income households.
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Sustainable Fleets
& New Mobility

Shared mobility services, transportation electrification, and autonomous vehicles will transform how people and freight move. To address policy and planning needs for the next generation of sustainable transportation, LCI recently launched its newest initiative, with many studies underway to advance sustainable fleets.
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Complete and Living Streets

Complete streets are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users. In addition to transportation infrastructure, living street elements include green infrastructure and places for people to interact. LCI contributed to the award-winning Living Streets Manual and other tools to support the creation of complete, living streets in communities across the U.S.
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