TRENoP: Research for novel transport solutions

The vision is to combine technology and policy with a systems perspective to form a new strategic transport focused research field. This implies that at 2022, new research with focus on overall system sustainability and effectiveness have contributed to the emergence of new sustainable transport solutions.

Multiple highways with different vehicles pictured from above.

Urbanization, population growth and expansion of global trade are significantly increasing the demand for personal and freight transport. The transport system is undergoing rapid transformations towards connectivity, electrification and automation. On the other hand climate change claims the development of enablers of 100% recyclable, safe, super low-emission, and low fuel consumption vehicles.

Technological advances to reach this vision are directed towards operational and functional aspects of the design, manufacturing of cars, trucks, buses, rail vehicles, etc but there is also a need and a great potential for innovation in policies and institutional frameworks. Developing regulatory measures and institutional frameworks is a delicate task with complex and far-reaching consequences.

The TRENoP strategy is to build an environment that will foster interdisciplinary, basic and applied research to address global issues. The building blocks are research and interaction. The research block will facilitate and support research in promising directions through faculty renewal and funding. The interaction platform will support interactions among faculty and interactions with the society and industry.


One corner stone TRENoP is its focus on societal impact. We facilitate a platform for collaboration between the research environments and industry, government, funding agencies and stake-holders, as well as between the research environments itself. We believe that we have a variety of forms of collaborations that together provides a very solid foundation for achieving societal impacts. Read more about two cases based upon TRENoP research.

Research areas

TRENoP mission is to build and integrate knowledge and competences necessary to drive the shift towards sustainable and resource efficient transport solutions. This will be achieved through designing, analysing and experimenting transport solutions at all system levels:

  • Policy, Institutions and Regulations
  • Vehicle Technology
  • Digitalization and Transport
  • Infrastructure Technology

About TRENoP


Linköping University and the Swedish National Road, the Transport Research Institute (VTI) and KTH.


More than 100 senior researchers were engaged within TRENoP during 2018.


SRA TRENoP receives approximately SEK 26,8 million annually in government grants.


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