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.

Tesla Miles Traveled

July 19, 2021

Gil Tal and co-authors used data loggers to track miles driven by 358 California EV drivers. These study participants traveled 12,900 EV miles per year on average.

Energy Institute at HAAS

California Leads the Way as States Address Need for EV Charging Stations

July 19, 2021

A recent UC Davis report states that, “Policymakers need to develop pricing schemes that will prevent an unnecessary shift of charging behavior from home to non-home locations and allow optimal use of the public infrastructure.”


California isn’t building enough charging stations for electric cars

July 19, 2021

The need for public charging stations is expected to increase significantly as more apartment dwellers and urban residents without garages buy zero-emissions models. Gil Tal said “The demand is going to grow exponentially in later years.”

SF Chronicle

The fastest way to get more people to buy electric vehicles

June 7, 2021

Scott Hardman states, “Home charging is the most important; that’s where the highest number of charging [stations] will be needed…It’s the cheapest; it’s the most convenient.”


When Driving Is (Partially) Automated, People Drive More

June 1, 2021

Research by Scott Hardman and postdoctoral researcher Debapriya Chakraborty suggest that making driving less terrible leads to a natural conclusion: more driving. Scott Hardman stated Autopilot “lowers the cognitive burden of driving.”


Column: I was going to buy an all-electric car but chickened out. Here’s why

June 1, 2021

Scott Hardman said “One of the biggest take-aways for me is that if you don’t have Level 2 charging at home, the odds of you discontinuing ownership of electric vehicles is 50% higher. So we need to think more about how do we get fast charging to people’s houses,” and making that happen for apartment and condo dwellers is another challenge.

LA Times

A Maryland school district switched to electric buses to save kids’ lungs. Can others follow?

May 25, 2021

Dan Sperling says converting school bus fleets to an electric, vehicle-to-grid system could pioneer a larger transition to bidirectional charging for any EV cars or fleets—potentially creating the infrastructure for this shift to make its way to people’s home garages.

Popular Science

California Sets Green Goals for Ride-Hailers Like Lyft, Uber

May 25, 2021

Dan Sperling says that the mandate set by California for all ride hailing companies to go 90% electric by 2030 could cause problems for drivers, unless some of the costs were taken on by the companies themselves.

Bloomberg Law

The Ford F-150 Lightning Is the Electric Vehicle of Dystopia

May 25, 2021

Gil Tal says an electric pickup can’t be a pickup for everyone…and more traditional buyers won’t necessarily cotton to a new technology right away. “This is a starting point.”


UC researchers introduce policies for zero carbon emissions by 2045

May 25, 2021

“California is seeking to become more green and sustainable,” said Bernadette Peters, the executive director of the Center for Regional Change at UC Davis. “In order to achieve these goals, California is focusing on transportation to reach carbon neutrality.”

The California Aggie

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