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.

As electric pickup trucks come to market — slowly — lots of interest and long waits

February 9, 2022

PH&EV Director Gil Tal comments that gearing up to manufacture EV trucks takes time and a whole lot of investment.


The New USPS Trucks Would Probably Be Illegal If They Weighed One Pound Less

February 8, 2022

Dan Sperling notes that classifying the new USPS trucks as heavy-duty is a critical distinction, because the new USPS trucks would “definitely not” pass emissions tests as light duty trucks.


Sales of electric vehicles doubled in 2021

February 3, 2022

Until now, it’s primarily been government policy driving the increase in EV production and sales, according to Alan Jenn, a researcher at the University of California Davis. “But nowadays people are seeing the value in this technology, and it’s getting hard for automakers to keep up with the demand.”


Driverless cars won’t be good for the environment if they lead to more auto use

January 28, 2022

Giovanni Circella and Scott Hardman discuss how self-driving cars could lead to increased traffic and pollution if they spur more car travel.

The Conversation

Title: The race for more electric cars catches speed, but infrastructure challenges remain

November 18, 2021

Dan Sperling talks about how EVs can take over a bigger share of the marketplace.

WFAE 90.7

The Surprisingly Long History of Electric Cars

November 18, 2021

Can electric cars reclaim their place on the road? Daniel Sperling and Gil Tal investigate.


Planes, trains and automobiles: It’s transport day at COP26. Here’s what you need to know.

November 18, 2021

Lewis Fulton pointed out that electrification is not the answer for all types of transport because the larger the vehicle the more work it is to move; noting that hydrogen as one option being considered for freight trucks.

The Washington Post

This Bay Area highway sees more roadkill than any other road in the state

November 18, 2021

In an effort to aid the loss of wildlife, UC Davis researchers urged California legislators to pass a bill that, “protects wildlife movement by requiring retrofit of existing and proposed new or expanded infrastructure to allow wildlife passage.

San Francisco Chronicle

Like Basic Income, But for Transportation

November 18, 2021

Angela Sanguinetti is overseeing survey-based studies of the “universal basic mobility” pilots in California and is interested in which modes participants chose for getting to different destinations, and how the programs affect their economic standing, quality of life and health.

Bloomberg CityLab

COP26: experts react to the UN climate summit and Glasgow Pact

November 18, 2021

Dan Sperling wrote to reduce greenhouse gases, vehicle electrification (including hydrogen) is the most effective and economic approach to decarbonize transportation – by far.

The Conversation

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