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Transport - Environment - 11.06.2024
The price of new mobility
The price of new mobility

Transport - Politics - 07.06.2024
How can we tax electric cars without slowing down the electromobility transition?
The federal government has plans to tax electric vehicles to secure funding for road infrastructure.

Mathematics - Transport - 10.04.2024
New model better predicts our daily travel choices
New model better predicts our daily travel choices
An EPFL engineer has developed a forecasting model that factors in not just our commuting habits, but also our activities during the day.

Transport - Environment - 07.03.2024
Unproblematic use of synfuels in classic car engines
Unproblematic use of synfuels in classic car engines
AMAG Classic and Empa have jointly conducted a detailed and scientifically sound investigation into the compatibility of synthetic gasoline in classic cars. Engine components were tested for over a year and driving tests were carried out with selected classic cars. The result: classic cars can also be operated in a climate-friendly manner in the future, as synthetic gasoline can be used in older engines without hesitation.

Transport - Materials Science - 08.12.2023
Charging electric cars without any cables
Charging electric cars without any cables
Eight stakeholders from business, science and the public sector launched the first project for wireless charging of electric vehicles in Switzerland at the end of November 2023.

Transport - Environment - 30.11.2023
What roads would have to look like for more e-bikes than cars
What roads would have to look like for more e-bikes than cars
What happens when cities gear their road space primarily to the needs of cyclists and e-bikers? On a new popular-science website, researchers use examples from the city of Zurich to show what such an "E-Bike City" could one day look like. What would the streets look like if a city took half its traffic space and gave it to cycling and e-biking?

Transport - Health - 03.11.2023
Insufficient support for the mobility of people with disabilities
Insufficient support for the mobility of people with disabilities
The range of transport services for people with disabilities varies greatly in Switzerland and is difficult to access due to complex organization and high prices.

Law - Transport - 31.10.2023
Improving mobility with data sharing
Improving mobility with data sharing
We provide transport companies with information about our mobility behavior when we use various modes of transportation. Researchers at the University of Basel and two technology and mobility consulting companies have jointly investigated what requirements could be put in place to ensure this mobility data is better utilized.

Campus - Transport - 15.09.2023
Win-win situation in Winterthur: coordinated development brings many advantages
Win-win situation in Winterthur: coordinated development brings many advantages
The ZHAW requires additional space in Winterthur. The canton of Zurich will coordinate the further development of the university closely with the city of Winterthur and align it with its planning.

Transport - 12.09.2023
From zero to one hundred in 0.956 seconds
From zero to one hundred in 0.956 seconds
Students from ETH Zurich and Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts have broken the previous world record for acceleration with their hand-built electric racing car, mythen.

Environment - Transport - 20.07.2023
Boosting circular economy in the automotive sector
Boosting circular economy in the automotive sector
New vehicles are responsible for around ten percent of plastic demand in the EU, and the automotive sector is the number one consumer of raw materials like aluminum, magnesium, platinum group metals, and rare earth elements.

Environment - Transport - 16.02.2023
A greener alternative for aviation fuel
A greener alternative for aviation fuel
The Paul Scherrer Institute PSI and the Swiss start-up Metafuels are developing a new process for producing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). They are now collaborating on the construction and operation of the first pilot plant on the PSI campus to validate the technology and prepare it for large-scale commercial deployment in the near future.

Transport - 05.10.2022
Quiz: Energy Facts and Figures

Transport - Computer Science - 02.08.2022
Making Intelligent Traffic
Making Intelligent Traffic
Summer Series - Bachelor's project (5). Delivering sustainability in traffic is no easy feat. Could software that globally coordinates cars to avoid traffic jams and congestion be the answer? In 2019 drivers in Rome lost an average of 166 hours to traffic jams and congestion.

Transport - Environment - 14.07.2022
Podcast series: Energy fact check
Podcast series: Energy fact check

Transport - Materials Science - 22.06.2022
Getting into the air
Getting into the air
Eight ETH students are working on battery and hydrogen versions of an electric aircraft as part of the e-Sling focus project.

Transport - Environment - 27.05.2022
Synfuels: A solution for historic vehicles?
Synfuels: A solution for historic vehicles?
Synthetic fuels can make a contribution to achieving climate targets. But can they be used in conventional combustion engines without any problems? This question is being investigated by Empa in collaboration with the Swiss car importer AMAG.

Materials Science - Transport - 31.03.2022
Electric car batteries could soon get a second lease on life
Electric car batteries could soon get a second lease on life
EPFL has joined six other Swiss research institutions in CircuBAT, an initiative selected for the first Innosuisse Flagship program, in order to develop a circular business model for lithium-ion batteries.

Transport - 14.03.2022
Speed limit 30 - less noise?
Speed limit 30 - less noise?
Kurt Heutschi, a senior scientist in Empa's Acoustics / Noise Control lab, explains what noise does and why we perceive sound so differently.

Transport - Computer Science - 20.01.2022
Operating truck fleets with lowest possible emissions
Operating truck fleets with lowest possible emissions
The navigation software group HERE is taking over a software tool developed by Migros and Empa and making it available worldwide.

Transport - 15.12.2021
Speed limit 30 - less noise?
Speed limit 30 - less noise?
Kurt Heutschi, a senior scientist in Empa's Acoustics / Noise Control lab, explains what noise does and why we perceive sound so differently.

Transport - 14.12.2021
Diagnosis during flight
Diagnosis during flight
Together with teams from England and Germany, researchers developed a monitoring system for aircraft components.

Environment - Transport - 24.11.2021
Hydrogen for ground transportation and heating is a bad idea
Ambitions to make hydrogen a key energy carrier for a climate friendly future are misguided, says Anthony Patt.

Environment - Transport - 03.11.2021
Technical feasibility of sustainable fuels production demonstrated
Technical feasibility of sustainable fuels production demonstrated
Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed the process technology that can produce carbon-neutral transportation fuels from sunlight and air.

Environment - Transport - 08.10.2021
Transforming urban brownfields into sustainable neighborhoods
Transforming urban brownfields into sustainable neighborhoods
Urban brownfields represent a major challenge to sustainable transition that remains difficult to overcome.

Life Sciences - Transport - 26.08.2021
UZH and Airbus to Grow Miniature Human Tissue on the International Space Station (ISS)
UZH and Airbus to Grow Miniature Human Tissue on the International Space Station (ISS)
UZH Space Hub and Airbus Defence and Space are sending an experiment into space on the next resupply flight to the International Space Station (ISS) with the aim of advancing the industrial production of human tissue in microgravity.

Transport - Environment - 05.08.2021
EPFL gets its first fast-charging station for electric vehicles
EPFL gets its first fast-charging station for electric vehicles
A team of EPFL engineers, in association with local businesses and authorities, are testing novel algorithms for the deployment of greener EV fast-charging stations.

Transport - 20.07.2021
Automobile class society

Transport - 27.05.2021
Which type of transportation user are you?
Which type of transportation user are you?
Sociologists at EPFL conducted a survey of the factors that prompt people to select one form of transportation over another, and then compared the results from cities across Switzerland.

Environment - Transport - 26.02.2021
A call for charging points at home
For Switzerland to become climate neutral, there's no way around electric mobility. But to get e-cars going, the public must push for charging stations where people live, argues Anthony Patt.

Transport - Computer Science - 22.01.2021
Vision test for autonomous cars
Vision test for autonomous cars
Cars that autonomously navigate from A to B are expected to be a common sight in a few years from now.

Transport - Environment - 12.11.2020
"We have to consider all sectors of mobility"

Transport - Civil Engineering - 13.10.2020
Bike-and-ride, an innovative opportunity for the Lake Geneva region
Bike-and-ride, an innovative opportunity for the Lake Geneva region
As part of his Master's project at EPFL's Urban Sociology Laboratory (LASUR) , Felix Boesch conducted a survey on the combined use of bicycles and trains in the Lausanne and Nyon urban agglomerations.

Computer Science - Transport - 29.07.2020
Predicting the unknown
Predicting the unknown
Olga Fink develops artificial intelligence algorithms for industrial assets, rolling stock and power plants.

Environment - Transport - 16.07.2020
At full throttle towards
At full throttle towards "net zero"

Transport - Environment - 21.06.2020
Pilot assistance system LNAS reduces noise in the approach path
Pilot assistance system LNAS reduces noise in the approach path
During more than 90 approaches to Zurich Airport conducted under the leadership of the Swiss SkyLab Foundation, researchers from Empa and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) tested an assistance system that supports pilots via a display during quiet and, at the same time, fuel-efficient approaches. The results show a measurable reduction in noise emissions and fuel consumption.

Computer Science - Transport - 19.05.2020
Successful retrofitting of VW diesel engines
Successful retrofitting of VW diesel engines
Using exhaust gas measurements taken from the roadside, a team from the University of York and Empa was able to prove the Dieselgate scandal has led to positive results. The forced retrofitting of thousands of VW diesel engines saves the environment throughout Europe considerable amounts of Nitrogen oxide (NO x ).

Economics - Transport - 04.05.2020
Transportation economics in the age of coronavirus
The global economy is seeking to recover from the crisis caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic, with the expected return to normalcy that could take several months, if not more.

Astronomy / Space - Transport - 10.12.2019
A new network design for the
A new network design for the "Internet from space"

Transport - Physics - 10.09.2019
Low-noise landing thanks to pilot assistance system
Low-noise landing thanks to pilot assistance system
Approach and landing are among the most complex phases of a flight.

Transport - Environment - 02.09.2019
Sensors for automated driving

Materials Science - Transport - 08.07.2019
Ready to recycle?
The number of registrations of electric cars is rising sharply. But where to put old batteries' The association of Swiss car importers, "auto-schweiz", is striving for a recycling solution for the entire industry.

Transport - Environment - 26.03.2019
Gaps in the law cause pollution
Gaps in the law cause pollution
Diesel vans are dirtier in winter than many know: Where there are still gaps in emissions legislation, soot particles and nitrogen oxides (NOx) continue to be produced.

Transport - Environment - 12.03.2019
The future of mobility is diverse
The future of mobility is diverse
Empa is presenting sustainable fuels of the future at the Petroleum Association's stand in Hall 6 of the Geneva Motor Show.

Transport - 10.12.2018
Reserve your driving time to reduce traffic congestion
Reserve your driving time to reduce traffic congestion
For his thesis, EPFL PhD student Raphaël Lamotte studied rush-hour traffic congestion. He suggests implementing a system whereby commuters reserve time on a special traffic lane - like booking a seat on a flight - to help cities accommodate a growing number of car-sharing programs and, eventually, self-driving cars.

Transport - Health - 05.11.2018
Great honor for research on vehicle emissions
Great honor for research on vehicle emissions
This year's Swiss Aerosol Award goes to Maria Muñoz. The Empa researcher investigated the emission behavior of so-called GDI engines (gasoline-direct injection).

Transport - Economics - 26.09.2018
Smart transportation systems need smart governance
Two EPFL researchers have just published a book highlighting the need for cities to adopt adequate governance mechanisms for their transportation systems.

Transport - 06.09.2018
An algorithm calculates the best way to visit 26 cantons in 24 hours
An algorithm calculates the best way to visit 26 cantons in 24 hours
A team of EPFL students will take part in the Swiss Train Challenge this Friday. The goal is to set foot in each of Switzerland's 26 cantons in less than 24 hours - relying solely on the country's public transport network.

Materials Science - Transport - 20.04.2018
World's largest electric truck in
World’s largest electric truck in
The eDumper dump truck is the largest electric vehicle in the world and will be in operation in a quarry in Péry in the Bernese Jura from 20 April.

Materials Science - Transport - 20.04.2018
Start of work for the world’s largest electric truck
The eDumper dump truck is the largest electric vehicle in the world and will be in operation in the quarry from 20 April.