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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

Forbes.com/Innovation


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


The Hidden Environmental Cost of Amazon Prime’s Free, Fast Shipping

July 21, 2018

“People are consuming more. There’s more demand created by the availability of these cheap products and cheap delivery options…Many companies offer free returns, which creates more traffic. If you don’t need it, don’t buy it.”—Miguel Jaller, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at UC Davis.

BuzzFeed News


Depending Precariously on Tesla

July 19, 2018

“The success of EVs is crucial in so many ways—to the success of the U.S. auto industry, cleaning up our cities, and slowing climate change. So far, Tesla is the only company leading that charge.”–Contributor Dan Sperling, Distinguished Blue Planet Prize Professor of Engineering and Environmental Science at the University of California, Davis, and lead author of Three Revolutions: Steering Automated, Shared, and Electric Vehicles to a Better Future.

Forbes.com Innovation


On Amazon’s Prime Day, the environment gets a raw deal

July 17, 2018

“With one-hour or two-hour delivery, there is no time for companies to consolidate shipments,” says Miguel Jaller, professor of civil and environmental engineering at University of California Davis. “And that means more vehicles, more emissions, and more health impacts.”

Grist


While county explores expanding public transport, choices still lack in Tehachapi area

July 16, 2018

One idea that could actually expand rural transportation’s hours of service and service range is currently being tested by researchers at UC Davis, who are launching a pilot ridesharing program in the Lamont and Arvin areas of Kern County. Caroline Rodier, associate director of the Urban Land Use and Transportation Center at UC Davis said volunteers for this one-year pilot will be recruited to drive and take ride requests during their shifts of choice, say 7 to 10 p.m., their compensation being free hours of using the ridesharing vehicles.

Tehachapi News


New Mobility Companies For A New Future

July 12, 2018

“[W]hile we must acknowledge and address complaints about ridehailing cars congesting downtowns and airports, and dockless bikes and scooters cluttering public walkways, we must also recognize the enormous and exciting potential of new mobility services.”—Contributor  Dan Sperling, Distinguished Blue Planet Prize Professor of Engineering and Environmental Science at the University of California, Davis, and lead author of Three Revolutions: Steering Automated, Shared, and Electric Vehicles to a Better Future. 

Forbes.com Innovation


Tesla’s China plant will serve the world’s biggest electric car market

July 11, 2018

“[F]or those of us interested in electric vehicles, Tesla is hugely important. They are creating the benchmark for everyone else. They are motivating others to make the investments. And if Tesla falters that’s bad for all of the international car company’s investments in electric vehicles: GM, Ford, Mercedes, all of them.”—Dan Sperling, founding director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis

NPR’s Marketplace Tech Podcast/Blog


How ride-hailing could improve public transportation instead of undercutting it

July 5, 2018

“While ride-hailing threatens public transit, it is also key to its future success – but only with smart policies and the right price signals. As researchers working at the intersection of energy, the environment and public policy, we have been analyzing transportation trends for decades – and seeing remarkably little innovation. Now we are on the cusp of major transformations.”— UC Davis authors Daniel Sperling, Austin Brown, & Mollie D’Agostino

The Conversation


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