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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.


 

The Hidden Environmental Cost of Amazon Prime’s Free, Fast Shipping

July 21, 2018

“People are consuming more. There’s more demand created by the availability of these cheap products and cheap delivery options…Many companies offer free returns, which creates more traffic. If you don’t need it, don’t buy it.”—Miguel Jaller, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at UC Davis.

BuzzFeed News


Depending Precariously on Tesla

July 19, 2018

“The success of EVs is crucial in so many ways—to the success of the U.S. auto industry, cleaning up our cities, and slowing climate change. So far, Tesla is the only company leading that charge.”–Contributor Dan Sperling, Distinguished Blue Planet Prize Professor of Engineering and Environmental Science at the University of California, Davis, and lead author of Three Revolutions: Steering Automated, Shared, and Electric Vehicles to a Better Future.

Forbes.com Innovation


On Amazon’s Prime Day, the environment gets a raw deal

July 17, 2018

“With one-hour or two-hour delivery, there is no time for companies to consolidate shipments,” says Miguel Jaller, professor of civil and environmental engineering at University of California Davis. “And that means more vehicles, more emissions, and more health impacts.”

Grist


While county explores expanding public transport, choices still lack in Tehachapi area

July 16, 2018

One idea that could actually expand rural transportation’s hours of service and service range is currently being tested by researchers at UC Davis, who are launching a pilot ridesharing program in the Lamont and Arvin areas of Kern County. Caroline Rodier, associate director of the Urban Land Use and Transportation Center at UC Davis said volunteers for this one-year pilot will be recruited to drive and take ride requests during their shifts of choice, say 7 to 10 p.m., their compensation being free hours of using the ridesharing vehicles.

Tehachapi News


New Mobility Companies For A New Future

July 12, 2018

“[W]hile we must acknowledge and address complaints about ridehailing cars congesting downtowns and airports, and dockless bikes and scooters cluttering public walkways, we must also recognize the enormous and exciting potential of new mobility services.”—Contributor  Dan Sperling, Distinguished Blue Planet Prize Professor of Engineering and Environmental Science at the University of California, Davis, and lead author of Three Revolutions: Steering Automated, Shared, and Electric Vehicles to a Better Future. 

Forbes.com Innovation


Tesla’s China plant will serve the world’s biggest electric car market

July 11, 2018

“[F]or those of us interested in electric vehicles, Tesla is hugely important. They are creating the benchmark for everyone else. They are motivating others to make the investments. And if Tesla falters that’s bad for all of the international car company’s investments in electric vehicles: GM, Ford, Mercedes, all of them.”—Dan Sperling, founding director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis

NPR’s Marketplace Tech Podcast/Blog


How ride-hailing could improve public transportation instead of undercutting it

July 5, 2018

“While ride-hailing threatens public transit, it is also key to its future success – but only with smart policies and the right price signals. As researchers working at the intersection of energy, the environment and public policy, we have been analyzing transportation trends for decades – and seeing remarkably little innovation. Now we are on the cusp of major transformations.”— UC Davis authors Daniel Sperling, Austin Brown, & Mollie D’Agostino

The Conversation


Uber and Lyft want to be about so much more than cars

July 3, 2018

“Uber and Lyft watched those companies hit billion-dollar valuations far faster than they did, “so they’re paying attention,” said Daniel Sperling, the founding director of the UC-Davis Institute of Transportation Studies and author of “Three Revolutions.

CNN Tech


Forum: 3 Revolutions in Transportation

July 1, 2018

“Transformation is coming to transportation. We must now decide how to respond. We can cross our fingers and hope that the future turns out well. Or we can apply our best thinking to make sure it does. By taking proactive steps now, we can harness vehicle electrification, pooling, and automation, to create better cities, a livable planet, and a future that serves us all.”—UC Davis authors Daniel Sperling and Austin Brown

EM Magazine


Uber announces cash bonuses for Sacramento electric vehicle drivers

June 19, 2018

“What we see over the years is that even though more people know that electric cars exist, the number of people who are engaged with the idea – who check if it’s the right car for them, and if they can get it for the right price – is not changing,” said UC Davis research director Gil Tal. “That kind of support is exactly what we need, we need to find new ways to make people engage with the idea of electric cars.”

Sacramento Bee


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