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

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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.

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

Mr Shri Prakash

Auto-rickshaws or three-wheelers have become a crucial part of the mobility ecosystem in urban India. One of the most economical modes to travel, autos are popular within cities, particularly for the middle class for short and medium-distance trips within a city.

Fuel price hikes and choices for sustainable transportation in India

Mr Sharif Qamar

What will be the possible impact of a rise in fuel costs, especially diesel, and some of the sustainable solutions for the short term and medium-to-long term horizons? Which mode of transportation would suffer most from higher fuel prices in India?

कोविड 19 और शहरी यातायात: बढ़ेगा वायु प्रदूषण और होगी भीड़भाड़

Mr Shri Prakash

टेरी (द एनर्जी एंड रिसोर्सेज इंस्टिट्यूट) के एक सर्वे के अनुसार मौजूदा कोविड-19 संकट के चलते लोगों के शहरों में यात्रा करने के तौर-तरीकों में बड़े बदलाव आएंगे।


National Conference on COP26 Charter of Actions

October 13, 2021
to October 13, 2021

The 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), to be held from 1–12 November 2021 in Glasgow will aim to mobilize the action on mitigation, adaptation, and resilience, and strengthen the narrative for better alignment with sustainable development goals (SDGs).

COP26 Charter of Actions: Virtual Stakeholder Roundtable on Sustainable Mobility

August 31, 2021
to August 31, 2021

Accelerating economic growth along with equitable recovery is fundamental to sustainable development and climate action. Under the presidency of United Kingdom in partnership with Italy, the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), to be held from 1–12 November 2021 in Glasgow will aim at mobilising action on climate change mitigation, adaptation, and resilience, and aligning them with sustainable development goals.

Report Launch and Discussion on the Roadmap for Electrification of Urban Freight in India

December 18, 2020
to December 18, 2020

TERI, with the support of Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (SSEF), is organising a virtual event on decarbonising the urban freight sector in India.

Launch of Digital Library on Green Mobility (DLGM)

November 2, 2020
to November 2, 2020
On 2nd November 2020, 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM IST

TERI along with GIZ cordially invite you to the launch of "Digital Library on Green Mobility (DLGM)" on 02 November 2020 from 4:00pm – 5:00pm (IST).

Webinar on Air Pollution and Transport

October 1, 2020
to October 1, 2020

The virtual discussion will focus on the preparedness of Delhi Government and other state governments for the upcoming air pollution crisis, and the role of EVs and public transport to overcome it.

E-launch of 'A Fiscally Responsible Green Stimulus' report

August 24, 2020
to August 24, 2020

Recognising fiscal constraints, the report explores policy and regulatory interventions that would encourage private investment to provide a green stimulus to economic recovery in India.


EVs are fast winning over the hesitant buyer. Better charging infra will accelerate it further

January 21, 2022
| Mr Ajay Shankar
| The Economic Times

India has been quite forward looking on electric vehicles (EVs). A comprehensive range of incentives and tax breaks are in place for the promotion of the use of EVs. EVs are levied only 5% GST making the price to the buyer of an EV substantially lower. An income tax deduction up to 1.5 lakhs a year on interest paid on a loan taken for buying an EV is provided for the first purchase of an EV by a person.The charging infrastructure is already being seen as the constraint holding many potential buyers back.

View: On the road to taking carbon emissions off the road

October 13, 2021
| Mr Promit Mookherjee
| Mr Sharif Qamar
| Economic Times

In India, the transport sector is currently the third largest emitter of CO2 and will remain an important part of the discussions and efforts around curbing emissions. Under a business-as-usual scenario, the transport sector could be responsible for around 1.5 gigatons of annual carbon emissions by 2050. India has already committed to more than half-a-dozen focus areas for clean transport as part of its nationally determined contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement.

TERI launches coalition to decarbonise urban freight in India

June 26, 2021 |
June 26, 2021
Construction Weekonline

TERI has launched the Sustainable Urban Freight Coalition (SUFC), a consortium of public and private stakeholders of urban freight in India to bring together industry, academia, and civil society for Sustainable Urban Freight practices.

TERI Launches SUFC Coalition to Decarbonise Urban Freight in India

June 25, 2021 |
June 25, 2021
Energetica India

TERI has launched the Sustainable Urban Freight Coalition (SUFC), a consortium of public and private stakeholders of urban freight in India to bring together industry, academia, and civil society for Sustainable Urban Freight practices.

About 14 per cent cut in CO2 emissions possible in small commercial vehicle segment with EV push: Study

December 18, 2020 |
December 18, 2020
ET Energy World

The study by TERI has come up with various recommendations, including setting up of a nationwide vehicle scrappage policy programme, with a focus on electric vehicle replacement.

Data-driven solutions required for better transport planning

December 17, 2020
| Ms Palak Thakur
| Mr Shri Prakash
| Money Control
For effective and efficient policy-making to encourage sustainable mobility solutions, it is important to have both supply and demand-side data, which is often missing, or in short supply. There are numerous examples of such transport projects where the actual utilisation was far less than the projected one. Many public transport projects, BRT, and metro rail systems, failed to realise the desired outcomes in absence of inadequate supply and demand analysis for the paucity of data.


Assessing the environmental benefits from switching auto-rickshaws in Chennai to electric

June 18, 2020

In Chennai, auto rickshaws constitute 40% of all transport vehicles and 58% of passenger transport vehicles. The share of auto-rickshaws has increased from practically zero in 1970 to over 6% in 2008.

Impact of COVID-19 on urban mobility in India: Evidence from a perception study

May 17, 2020

The urban transportation landscape is likely to undergo significant changes due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Increased risks associated with crowded places combined with social distancing measures in public and shared transport are likely to affect modal choices of commuters. Urban freight needs may also alter with the change in the use of e-services. To assess the likely nature of such a shift, an online survey was conducted, which was designed to elicit the perceptions of respondents related to work trips, online grocery shopping, and food delivery pre and post COVID-19.

Emerging role of bike (motorcycle) taxis in urban mobility

March 2, 2020

Ride sharing and hailing services have given new dimension to urban mobility. Bike taxis serve as an intermediate public transport mode offering first and last mile services in India.

Regulatory mechanisms for electric three-wheelers

February 18, 2020

Electrification of auto-rickshaws plays an important role in meeting the transport requirement of many large and medium Indian cities and is critical for reducing air pollution and providing clean mobility solutions. The electrification of auto-rickshaws may result in lower operation and maintenance costs as compared to Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles making them economically viable for the owner/driver.

Fleet Modernization: A solution to achieve better air quality

December 10, 2019

India's transport demand has grown from a total of 5.3 million in 1981 to 230 million in 2016, with two-wheelers and cars having 73% and 14% share, respectively. Commercial vehicles though constitute only about 5% of the total fleet, contribute to nearly 80% of total PM emissions.

Phase-wise implementation of fleet modernization (transforming pre BS-IV commercial vehicles to BS-VI) would lead to a 40-80% reduction in PM and NOx emissions from the sector by 2025.

Discussion Paper: Rural Roads and the SDGs

May 8, 2019

All the trends and patterns put together in this paper have long-term implications for incomes and new livelihood opportunities not merely for the farm and off-farm sector but also for a range of people who directly or indirectly depend on the rural road network, and constitute new classes of stakeholders in the network, including industry, service sector, those who access local labour markets, primary producers including mining and quarrying; as well as manufacturers of consumer durables and consumer products.

Area Convener, Transport and Urban Governance
Senior Director, Sustainable Habitat