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Our experts are frequently spotlighted in national/local news outlets and widely read blogs. The headlines and summaries below link to the original news articles and features.


Portable Solar Units Fill the Electric Charging Void

March 27, 2017

“It’s pretty expensive, but I would say even now there’s a niche for them. It really depends on the battery cost and how well they can bring down the cost of the existing structures, ” said Michael Nicholas, a researcher at the Plug-In Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Research Center at the University of California, Davis.

Jed Kim


California Upholds Emissions Standards, Setting Up Face-Off With Trump

March 24, 2017

“All of the evidence — call it science, call it economics — shows that if anything, these standards should be even more aggressive,” said California Air Resources Board member Daniel Sperling, a transportation expert at the University of California, Davis.

Hiroko Tabuchi

New York Times

Governor defends state’s vehicle emissions standards in filing

March 16, 2017

While the emissions issues has been making headlines, actual policy changes are still years away, said Daniel Sperling a CARB member and director of ITS-Davis. The Trump administration has “no legal basis” to rescind the current wavier, he said.

Malcolm Maclachlan

Daily Journal

Does Golden State Hold Trump Card on Auto Emissions?

March 16, 2017

“My prediction is that there will be only small changes,” said Dan Sperling, director of ITS-Davis, and a member of California’s air quality governing board. “The auto industry doesn’t want California going on its own.

David Schultz and Carolyn Whetzel

Bloomberg BNA

Do automakers want to gut emission standards? The answer’s not clear

March 15, 2017

“California is committed to being part of this process over the next year,” said Dan Sperling a member of the California Air Resources Board. ”If we’re in agreement about the stringency of the standards, we’ll be unified. “If they [the Trump administration] insist on a weakening, California will certainly not join in and will maintain our own standards.”

Russ Mitchell

Los Angeles Times

California Readies Rules to Allow Testing of Driverless Vehicles

March 14, 2017

“The really, really big question is can most of the autonomous vehicles be used in a sharing type service or mobility services as opposed to individually owned, said Dan Sperling, director of ITS-Davis. “VMT would increase” if the number of individually owned cars is substantial.

Carolyn Whetzel

Bloomberg Government

The Small California City Responsible for America’s First Bike Lane

March 8, 2017

“In terms of cycling infrastructure and usage, Davis still outshines nearly every other city in America,” says Susan Handy, director of the National Center for Sustainable Transportation at the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies.

Peter Flax

Outside Online

California And Trump Are Set To Collide Over Electric Cars And Gas Guzzlers

March 7, 2017

For the federal government to revoke existing legal waivers that allow California to set its own tougher standards on fuel efficiency and the adoption of electric vehicles would be unprecedented. “I don’t how you can do it without conflicting with the Clean Air Act,” Daniel Sperling of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis.

Peter Aldhous

BuzzFeed News

Austria Is Making Electric Cars More Affordable Than Ever

March 7, 2017

“We need to get electric vehicles totally in the mindset of people. It needs a bully pulpit—our leaders saying, ‘This is our future.’ That will help people get comfortable with it. But right now, low oil prices are making that more difficult,” said Dan Sperling, a transportation scholar at the University of California, Davis.

Bob Berwyn

Pacific Standard

How to Fight Climate Change without Washington

February 21, 2017

“It’s the best possible policy instrument that I know of for addressing the decarbonization of transportation fuels,” said UC Davis engineering Professor Daniel Sperling, one of the architects of the program.

Boston Globe

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