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In Middle of Trade War, America’s Busiest Port Gets Ready for Robots

May 20, 2019

“Automation is the path of history,” said Dan Sperling, a member of the California’s Air Resources Board and professor of civil engineering and environmental science at the University of California, Davis. “The questions are how much automation really makes sense, and how do you deal with the disruption to the workers?”


After Years of Promise, Battery Cars About to Go Mainstream

March 5, 2019

There’s a huge gap between the number of electric cars you see at an auto show and how many cars the dealer will offer you,” said Gil Tal, director of the Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center at UC Davis. “It’s kind of hard to ask the market for huge demand when there is no supply. You need to stock the shelves first.”

AP/Washington Post

Now You Can Get All Your Amazon Prime Packages Delivered on the Same Day

February 28, 2019

“For this to be beneficial, we have to substitute our shopping trips, not double them,” said Miguel Jaller, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California at Davis.

USA Today

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.

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