In The News

Our experts are frequently spotlighted in national/local news outlets and widely read blogs. The headlines and summaries below link to the original news articles and features.

High gas prices may not drive Americans away from gas

March 24, 2022

“It’s safe to say that persistently high gasoline prices will have a bigger effect on EV demand than fleeting increases would,” University of California-Davis economist David Rapson tells Axios.


How gas prices are impacting the electric vehicle market | What you need to know

March 23, 2022

“I think that the gas prices right now are high, but even if they will go down back to where they were two months ago, electric cars are still a good deal,” said Gil Tal, director of the Electric Vehicle Research Center at UC Davis. “So it’s not a seasonal thing. Even with regular gas prices, driving electric (is) saving. And maybe now the return on your investment will be one year.”

ABC 10

Out of the Woods

March 22, 2022

Colin Murphy explores how biomass technology could help reduce megafires and build a wood-products market in California.

Comstock's Magazine

Electric cars coming on fast: Climate worries, sinking prices put spotlight on EV sales

March 14, 2022

Gil Tal comments on the next wave of EV buyers and how new innovations in battery life and charging stations can help convince more people to go electric.

USA Today

Searching for Ways to Limit Induced Demand in a Car-Loving Society

March 7, 2022

“For a long time, transportation policy’s goal was to get people to travel more, haul goods, go drive those interstates,” says Amy Lee, researcher at the University of California, Davis…“We’re trying to think differently in an age of climate change, but it’s a hard ship to turn around.”


Technology shifts automakers into high regulatory gear

February 27, 2022

Regulators have to strike a balance between creativity and potentially harmful development. Dan Sperling says they want to push change but have to avoid throwing the “baby out with the bathwater”.

Financial Times

EPA to expand Calif. clean car authority — and the nation’s

February 17, 2022

“The effectiveness of America’s transportation decarbonization policies and strategies is fully grounded in California’s leadership,” said Dan Sperling, a member of the California Air Resources Board.

E&E News

100% EVs isn’t enough to meet carbon goals — report

February 16, 2022

ITS-Davis contributed to a new study which argues that electrifying vehicles isn’t by itself enough to make transportation low-carbon by midcentury. But combined with a rethinking of how cities are designed, it could.

E&E News

Biden administration is finalizing a waiver for California to set its own vehicle emissions standards

February 16, 2022

California Air Resources Board member Daniel Sperling told CNN that the state won’t use its waiver to implement stronger standards for cars and light trucks and will instead use the Biden EPA’s recently adopted standards.


The Psychology of Placing EV Chargers Along Roads Less Traveled

February 14, 2022

Gil Tal explains that range anxiety still freaks out prospective buyers, so people want to know there will be chargers on every possible route, even if “they’re usually not stopping.”


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