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.

Guest Commentary: I-80 News – Two Projects on Causeway; DEIR Release; Woodland – Traffic Congregation Not Relevant in EIR

September 11, 2023

The Enterprise printed a letter 9/2/23 from Head of National center for Sustainable Transportation Susan Handy, and the response of Yolo TD Chair Tom Stallard. A debate between Science and a defense of Caltrans traditional methods in to improve transportation: Has climate change effected anything?

The Davis Vanguard

Commentary: Caltrans vs. science in the great I-80 debate

September 2, 2023

There is a litmus test before our local Yolo city council members: will they listen to the scientists saying we have to rethink on our transportation system in response to congestion and climate crisis or will they continue Caltrans’ traditional pattern of widening freeways — a pattern history shows never fixes congestion for long, but does assure worsening climate change.

The Davis Enterprise

$7M Grant To Support 3 Wildlife Crossings

August 30, 2023

The Alameda County Resource Conservation District (ACRCD) and several partners will soon begin work on a multi-year project to build three wildlife crossings for East Bay freeways.

Leveraging Positive Tipping Points To Accelerate Decarbonization

August 23, 2023

The National Center for Sustainable Transportation (NCST), funded by the Department of Transportation, conducts research around four research themes—Environmentally Responsible Infrastructure and Operations, Multi-Modal Travel and Sustainable Land Use, Zero-Emission Vehicle and Fuel Technologies, and Institutional Change—in order to “address the most pressing policy questions and ensure our research results are incorporated into the policy-making process.”

Federation of American Scientists

A Roadmap for Climate Collaboration between the EU and LAC: Transport and Mineral Supply

August 23, 2023

In this article—the first of a series focused on opportunities for collaboration between the EU and the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region—the authors discuss why the transformational nature of European policies could match the large resource base and renewable energy potential available in LAC countries, with the possibility of leading to win-win opportunities.

Center on Global Energy Policy - Columbia University

A Roadmap for Climate Collaboration between the EU and LAC: Introduction

August 23, 2023

This article explores opportunities for technological collaboration and mineral supply between the two regions to facilitate their transition toward e-mobility. The authors discuss opportunities to enhance LAC countries’ capacity to make the industrial transition while improving the EU’s ability to access primary materials required by its domestic EV industry.

Center on Global Energy Policy - Columbia University

The Environmental Impact and Sustainability of Shared E-Scooter Systems

August 22, 2023

Giovanni Circella, the director of the 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program at the University of California, Davis, affirms that e-scooters “tend to have somewhat positive effects in terms of environmental sustainability.”

Why your new electric car won’t have a spare tire. And why you probably don’t need one

August 18, 2023

Gil Tal, director of the Electric Vehicle Research Center at UC Davis, said removing the spare probably increases an electric car’s range by “point something” percent. “If it’s a 400-mile car, it’s [an extra] mile or two,” he said.

Los Angeles Times

Forget Range Anxiety. Most EV Drivers Have Charge Anxiety.

August 18, 2023

The typical consumer, said Scott Hardman, a postdoctoral researcher in the Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis, “just wants a car. They want a reliable car that gets them where they want to go. They are not interested in dealing with any inconvenience. They just want a car that is going to be effective.”

government technology

Is a Ban on Gas-Powered Cars Coming? How States and Federal Agencies Are Pushing EV Adoption

August 15, 2023

Debapriya Chakraborty, an EV researcher at UC Davis’s Institute of Transportation Studies, says government emissions standards will play an important role in the transition to EVs because they can force automakers to send more EVs to the market. But incentives will be necessary too, she says, at least as long as EVs cost more than their gas-powered counterparts.

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