Can EV sharing help meet policy objectives to reduce car use, ownership and emissions in smaller, often more car-dependent towns and villages? Electric car clubs are being trialled at public charging hubs in towns and villages across Oxfordshire. Hannah Budnitz has won funding from the Public Policy Challenge Fund to see what answers these trials offer.

The launch of the EV car club pilot scheme

On 30 June and 1 July, we welcomed sixty past and present TSU staff, students and visiting researchers to St Anne’s College for a two-day celebration of the 50th anniversary of the TSU. 

Speaking to crowd

What does an energy efficient transport system look like? Will electric vehicles stop climate change? What transport injustices exist in our societies? How do we change behaviours towards low-carbon forms of transport? Are transport and wellbeing connected? And, what role can travel play in achieving better public health and meeting the UN’s SDGs? 

These are just a few of the questions currently being addressed by the University of Oxford’s Transport Studies Unit (TSU), a research institute that puts just and human-centered mobility futures at the heart of its research. Founded in 1973 through an endowment of the then Chartered Institute of Transport, the TSU is now part of Oxford’s School of Geography and the Environment and this year celebrates 50 years of research excellence. 

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