If California wants drivers to switch to electric cars en masse over the next decade, it must prepare by building charging stations at a much faster pace — or risk drivers not having enough places to plug in away from home.
Building enough charging infrastructure to capture the anticipated economic and health benefits will be an enormous undertaking. But can California’s power grid handle the strain of so many EVs plugging in on a daily basis?
Transportation policies and investments have played a significant role in creating and perpetuating the deep racial inequities that exist in America today. Due in part to historic exclusion from decision-making processes, we have created a transportation system that has limited access by people of color and other marginalized groups to work, education, health and other opportunities. Our highways have benefitted suburban and mostly white commuters while destroying and isolating many urban Black and brown communities. Transit investments too often have prioritized rail access for higher-income communities over bus and rail access for lower-income communities. Freight facilities and traffic have been concentrated in disadvantaged communities, disrupting those communities and worsening air quality and pedestrian safety.
Research institutes like ITS-Davis also have a responsibility to acknowledge that racism has influenced academic research, instruction and training, and the makeup of our research community. ITS-Davis takes seriously its responsibility to address racism and is committed to research and higher education that is diverse, equitable, inclusive and that furthers justice.
Acknowledging this history, ITS-Davis and the Policy Institute are taking action to create a more accessible and equitable transportation future—one that serves all people–and to instill the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion into the core values of our organizations, in our research, education, and outreach programs, and our workplace.
Visit our Diversity Equity, and Inclusion page for more information on our ongoing efforts.