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EPA Said to Seek End of California’s Authority Over Car Rule

May 31, 2018

The State of California has no plans to change the Obama tailpipe emissions standards for 2025, even if Trump rolls them back elsewhere in the country, said Dan Sperling, a member of the California Air Resources Board. “California has affirmed its commitment to the 2025 standards, and many other states are aligned with us,’’ said Sperling, a transportation professor at the University of California at Davis.


California May Push Uber And Lyft To Go Electric, With Far-Reaching Consequences

May 17, 2018

“The cars are not actually owned by Uber or Lyft, so the challenge is how do you operationalize those rules? That’s part of the problem,” said Dan Sperling, director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis and a member of the California Air Resources Board, which created and oversees the state’s ZEV program.


Drunk Driving Arrests Decline in Some Cities

May 10, 2018

“It’s pretty clear a lot of people use it as way of behaving safely on Friday and Saturday nights, which are the nights ride sharing is most popular,” said Dan Sperling, the director of the Institute of Transportation at UC-Davis. “Eventually the price of taking Uber will drop a lot and these services will increase tremendously in the future,” Sperling said. “It seems perfectly reasonable to clamp down on drunk driving laws when people have other choices.”

San Jose Mercury News

California Challenges Trump EPA Over Auto-Emissions Rollback

May 1, 2018

“You’re going to back off from investing in the most advanced technologies just at the time the European and Chinese companies have their pedal to the floor,” said Dan Sperling, a University of California at Davis transportation professor. “The U.S. is on the verge of ceding its leadership in the global auto industry,” said Sperling, who also is a member of the California Air Resources Board.


Volkswagen’s Penance Will Expand Nation’s Fast-Charging Network

April 23, 2018

EV drivers are more likely than gasoline-fueled customers to spend in the store. A 2017 study by Michael Nicholas of the International Council on Clean Transportation and Gil Tal of the University of California Davis supports that theory. Tal said EV owners will be bigger spenders than gas-pumping drivers for two reasons. “They are waiting a little longer and because of the price of most pure EVs, they are higher income people.”


6 Surprising Ways Driverless Cars Will Change Our World

April 19, 2018

“We’re moving to a future where people don’t own cars,”  says Dr. Daniel Sperling, director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis. “You’ll have a subscription service, maybe, that emphasizes smaller vehicles, or you might want a cheaper service where it’s a van.”


The Three Revolutions of Transportation

April 10, 2018

“We’re creating opportunity that didn’t exist before, so how do we channel that opportunity to the public good”—Three Revolutions author Dan Sperling.

Streetsblog USA/Making Headways podcast

The scooter-sharing apocalypse is coming

April 9, 2018

 “The venture capitalist world is seeing for the first time in history that there’s an opportunity in the transportation world,” said Dr. Daniel Sperling, founding director of the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies, and the author of the new book, Three Revolutions: Steering Automated, Shared and Electric Vehicles to a Better Future.

Post Bulletin

Nashville transit referendum: Where do Uber, Lyft, autonomous vehicles fit in?

April 6, 2018

“Governments and citizens can really influence where this goes,” said Lew Fulton of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis. “There could be policies that discourage people from using automated vehicles as their own household vehicles.”

Tennessean/USA Today

Tesla and Uber Weigh In on Policies to Boost EV Adoption

March 15, 2018

Speakers on a panel at the ITS-Davis 3 Revolutions Conference were asked what immediate steps could be taken by policymakers to boost EV adoption. Gil Tal, the research director of ITS-Davis’ Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center, said a good place to start is simply alerting consumers to the fact that EVs exist.

Greentech Media

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