Our work in the transport sector aims at low-carbon modes of transport that are sustainable and inclusive in nature. We have pioneered policy research in this sector with expertise in issues related to energy efficiency and emissions modeling. Among others, our focus areas include electric vehicles, railways, urban transport.



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    COVID-19 lockdown: Impacts on the auto-rickshaw community

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    Roadmap for Electrification of Urban Freight in India

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    Don't miss the bus: Providing sustainable mobility for urban India

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Truck on Train: Finding a Win-Win Solution

Ms Palak Passi

Trucks have gradually become a dominant mode of freight transport, replacing the railway, the traditional bulk commodity carrier. Crisscrossing through the country, trucks are responsible for nearly 40 percent of carbon emissions and air pollution in the urban areas.[1]

Readiness and Capacity Needs Assessment for Electric Vehicle Adoption in Indian Cities

Global dependence on fossil fuels in the transport sector has been a key driver of climate change and air pollution. In India, motorized transport accounts for a large share of the country’s total GHG emissions. Therefore, the swift replacement of internal combustion engines (ICE Vehicles) with Electric Vehicles (EVs) is imperative to decarbonize India’s transport sector.

Road to contain climate change

Mr S Sundar
Mr Sharif Qamar

Roads and railways bind a nation and bring people together. They facilitate the achievement of SDGs, as without adequate mobility, SDGs cannot be achieved and sustained.

What would make Indians buy EVs? Our survey has some answers

Mr Parmeet Singh

TERI's survey on consumer perception of electric vehicles (EVs) revealed that issues like upfront cost, battery replacement, and range anxiety are topmost concerns for people considering buying an EV.

Future of electric auto-rickshaws in India

Mr Shri Prakash

In the post-COVID scenario, the predicted demand of the three-wheeler sector might increase and a shift of commuters from app-based taxies may be expected. To promote electric mobility in India, auto-rickshaws can play a vital role as frontrunners.


World Sustainable Development Summit 2024

February 7, 2024
to February 9, 2024

 7-9 February 2024 | New Delhi

Book Release: TERI Energy & Environment Data Diary and Yearbook (TEDDY) 2022-23

January 23, 2024
to January 23, 2024

TERI Energy & Environment Data Diary and Yearbook (TEDDY) is an annual publication brought out by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) since 1986. TEDDY presents latest information on energy supply sectors (coal and lignite, petroleum and natural gas, power and renewable energy sources), energy demand sectors (agriculture, industry, transport, residential, and commercial sectors), and environment (local and global). It seeks to support policy research and decision-making by providing policymakers and researchers with the data which can be used to develop actionable solutions.

Workshop on “Preparing Roadmap for Fleet Electrification of Department of Posts, India”

January 9, 2024
to January 9, 2024

TERI, in collaboration with Department of Posts, Government of India as a technical partner, and Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation as a knowledge partner, is preparing a roadmap to electrify the existing Mail Motor Service (MMS) fleet.

Zero-emission Truck and Bus Showcase

July 19, 2023
to July 22, 2023

July 19 – 22, 2023


How is India planning to boost EV production?

April 24, 2024 |
May 10, 2024
The Hindu

How does it cater to Indian markets? Mr I.V. Rao, Distinguish Fellow at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), thinks that global players in India must consider local circumstances, like the environment, roads, and usage conditions.

In car fuel economy, India might catch up with Europe

April 16, 2024 |
April 25, 2024

The third phase of corporate average fuel economy, or CAFE-III norms, is being prepared by the road transport and highways ministry and the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), two people aware of the matter said, adding that the new norms may come into effect from 2027. Newer and cleaner technologies help car makers accrue super credits, which help them meet the limits set under CAFE norms for passenger cars, said Mr Sharif Qamar Associate Director, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).

India sets up task force to accelerate EV drive

April 23, 2024 |
April 23, 2024

To promote the country's electric vehicle (EV) ecosystem in line with its vision of Viksit Bharat, the Centre is in the process of establishing a task force to create a roadmap for the industry, according to a letter sent by the ministry of heavy industries (MHI) to automakers. Mr I.V. Rao, Distinguished Fellow at TERI, one of the agencies in the task force, confirmed the ministry's move.

The new right for climate action in India

April 21, 2024
| Ms Harshita Kaur, TERI
| The Financial Express

The impacts on right to equality are also evident with the varying geography of India and a range of vulnerable populations, says Ms Harshita Kaur, Research Associate, Transport and Urban Governance Division, TERI.

By when can India indigenise electric vehicle production? | Explained

March 30, 2024 |
April 12, 2024
The Hindu

The Union government on March 15 approved a policy to promote India as a manufacturing hub for electric vehicles (EVs). Broadly, the policy attempts to pave the way for global EV manufacturers to invest in India and to manufacture locally.

India is installing solar powered EV charging stations. Will it work?

March 7, 2024 |
March 7, 2024
The Economic Times

In February, electric vehicle (EV) ride-sharing platform BluSmart announced a deal with Tata Power to recharge its electric cabs using solar energy, ensuring no fossil fuels are used in their operation. The deal shows a viable path for cleaner and cheaper mobility options.


Assessment of Bio-CNG as a Vehicular Fuel in India

February 13, 2024

Surge in demand for mobility and the consequent consumption of fossil fuels for powering transport vehicles is massive and is increasing rapidly with time. However, with geopolitical tensions, shrinking crude oil reserves, and negative impacts of vehicular emissions on global and local pollution has influenced scientific community to explore alternative and sustainable fuels for the transport sector.

Fuel Efficiency Improvement and Emission Standards in Road Transport

August 18, 2023

India’s rapid urbanization and economic growth has accelerated both passenger and freight transport demands, which have led to the need for prioritizing adoption of low carbon technologies, also strengthening the country’s energy security.

Accelerating Biodiesel Blending in India

August 18, 2023

India’s dependency on imported fossil fuels is mounting incessantly. The petroleum products consumption in the country has increased about 38.2% from the past decade, resulting in a substantial expenditure on oil imports.

An Assessment of Avoided CO2 Emissions during Construction, Maintenance and Operation of National Highways

February 22, 2023

India has the 2nd largest road network in the world. Amongst the different types of roads, the National Highways extending to 1,44,634 km has contributed significantly to India’s rapid economic development. The rapid pace of construction of highways is enabling integration of the local economies of far flung towns and villages into the national economy.

Battery Electric Technology In The Heavy-Duty Vehicle Segment

July 8, 2022

70% of total tonne-km of India's freight transport takes place via roads (TERI, 2015) and is dominated by medium and heavy-duty vehicles (MHDVs) with a share of around 60% and the remaining by light-duty vehicles (LDVs). Reduced emission levels from 'hard to abate' sectors such as medium/heavy-duty long-distance transport, aviation, and shipping will continue to be critical in the future. Sustained efforts in this direction are crucial to achieving emission intensity reduction targets globally and in India, as outlined in the country's Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)


Senior Director, Sustainable Habitat
Distinguished Fellow, Transport & Urban Governance
Distinguished Fellow, Transport & Urban Governance
Associate Director, Transport and Urban Governance
Area Convenor, Transport and Urban Governance