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CA’s Transportation is Broken. The Next Governor Can Fix It

November 15, 2018

“California is well positioned to become a transportation model for the world, but it will need strong leadership and resolve to achieve its potential.”–Daniel Sperling, professor and director of ITS-Davis and member of CARB.

CALmatters: Guest Commentary

China is Leading the World to an Electric Car Future

November 15, 2018

“The pressure is mounting,” says Yunshi Wang, director of the China Center for Energy and Transportation at the University of California at Davis. “This could be a model for other countries; it could be a game changer globally.”

Bloomberg Businessweek

Ram 1500 eTorque Ushers in Age of Electrified Trucks

October 11, 2018

“It demonstrates that it’s a doable technology in all vehicles, not just small little cars,” said Dahlia Garas, director of the Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center at the University of California, Davis.

One thing you can do: Shop smarter

October 11, 2018

“One-day delivery is often free, but it comes at a high cost for the environment,” said Miguel Jaller, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California, Davis. That’s because delivery companies need to make more trips when customers choose expedited shipping.

New York Times

Gov. Brown’s Biggest Climate Foe Isn’t Trump. It’s Car-Loving Californians

September 21, 2018

“The main issue [is] that most of the Californians are not aware of the benefit and opportunity of buying plug-in electric cars,” says Gil Tal, who directs the Plug-In Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center at UC Davis . “If you buy an electric car today and you drive it for 10 years in California, your car will be cleaner every year.”

NPR/Morning Edition

Climate change cooperation is a silver lining

September 21, 2018

Dan Sperling, director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California-Davis, said shared mobility revolution could be the solution to current traffic problems and vehicle dependency. “The major responsibility for sustainable transportation and cities will be at the local level,” Sperling said.

China Daily USA

Long Live Batteries

August 31, 2018

“First, battery technology has continued to improve in reliability even as it has gotten much cheaper. Second, strong policies have been enacted to protect consumers. If you’re interested in buying an EV and experiencing some of [its] benefits firsthand, battery reliability is not a reason to wait.”–Co-authors Dr. Austin Brown of the UC Davis Policy Institute and Professor Dan Sperling of the Department of Engineering and Environmental Science.

Proposed Car Efficiency Rollback Will Not Halt Electric Vehicles

August 3, 2018

“The EV market is irreversible,” said Gil Tal, research director at the Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center with the University of California, Davis. “It’s not going to disappear. The growth can slow or be faster, but it will keep going.”

Scientific American/E&E News

Trying To Make Sense Of Trump’s Rollback Of Vehicle Standards

August 2, 2018

“The evidence shows that freezing CAFE standards is hard to justify on economic, social, environmental, or legal grounds.”—Co-authors Dan Sperling, the Distinguished Blue Planet Prize Professor of Engineering and Environmental Science at the University of California, Davis, and Nic Lutsey, who directs U.S. policy and electric vehicle research at the International Council on Clean Transportation

Trump could move this week to end California’s clean-car authority

July 23, 2018

“In California, transportation has been the only sector where emissions have been flat or even going up, so this is very important,” said Daniel Sperling, a member of the Air Resources Board and founding director of UC Davis’ Institute of Transportation Studies. “By simple math, if we don’t get the substantial reductions from vehicles, we’ll have to get them from industry or some other way.”

San Francisco Chronicle

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