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.

How the COVID-19 pandemic affected mobility in Toronto and Vancouver

October 18, 2021

The Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) of University of California Davis conducted an online travel survey in order to better understand the societal effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially the mobility-related impacts.

Smart Prosperity Institute

What Transportation Studies Look Like at UC Davis

October 1, 2021

UC Davis analysis offers a sneak peek at how your future employees will tackle congestion.

StreetLight Data

Biden wants union jobs and clean air. Delivering both might be tough

September 22, 2021

Gil Tal, director of the Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center at University of California, Davis, said income limits aren’t likely to affect sales one way or another because research shows that wealthy Americans will buy expensive cars without incentives.


Electric robotaxis might not provide the greener travel everybody expects

September 22, 2021

A report from the University of California, Davis Institute of Transportation Studies issued this year found “pooled ride-hailing may become even more unappealing in an automated future.”

Automotive News

The plug-in hybrid: Goldilocks bridge or postponement tool?

September 10, 2021

“It’s the least understood technology around,” says Gil Tal, director of the Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle (PH&EV) Research Center at the University of California, Davis.

Yale Climate Connections

What Can You Actually Do About Climate Change?

September 9, 2021

Susan Handy, a professor of environmental science and policy at the University of California, Davis, recommends making car trips more thoughtful and planned.

The Cut

Rides on Sacramento’s Bike-Share Replaced Car Trips, Cut VMT

September 3, 2021

A team of researchers at UC Davis has found that almost forty percent of the trips that people make on the Sacramento area’s bike-share system replaced car trips, both in private vehicles and via ride-hail.

Streetsblog Cal

Electric Cars for Everyone? Not Unless They Get Cheaper.

August 26, 2021

Gil Tal stated that people rarely give just one reason for buying electric…they tend to argue that electric vehicles are fun, fast, easy and, as an added bonus, good for the environment.

New York Times

Sales of hybrid cars are surging. That’s a good sign for the future of electric vehicles, experts say.

August 25, 2021

Gil Tal, the director of the Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center at the University of California at Davis, doesn’t think hybrids are stealing sales from electric vehicles. The technologies, he says, appeal to different types of car buyers.

The Washington Post

United States nears first major steps to control CO2 emissions

August 25, 2021

Gil Tal said, “In order to meet the US’s environmental goals, we have to electrify and clean our transportation system, starting from the light-duty vehicles to transit, heavy-duty and everything else.”

Al Jazeera English

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