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.


America’s Transportation History is Full of Mistakes. Let’s Not Make Another One.

September 11, 2019

Instead of battling it out, cities and private mobility companies have an opportunity to work together and lay the foundation for a multimodal future.


Electric vehicle sales are up sharply in California, mostly due to Tesla

September 11, 2019

Sales of new electric vehicles in California shot up 63.7% in the first half of the year, to 51,750 units, largely on the strength of the Tesla Model 3.

Los Angeles Times

DOJ to probe automakers who rebuked Trump fuel efficiency rollback

September 6, 2019

The Justice Department is opening an antitrust probe into a deal between four automakers and California on vehicle fuel economy standards, one of the companies confirmed today.


A ban on gas-powered cars? 2020 Democrats embrace what once was a California fantasy

September 6, 2019

Democrats running for president had a message for Americans on Wednesday night: you are going to have to wean yourselves off your gas-powered cars.

Sacramento Bee

E-bikes were set for Sacramento suburbs this fall. Then came Trump tariffs, tech trouble

August 30, 2019

Hardware issues and pressure from President Donald Trump’s tariffs on Chinese imports have delayed the rollout of electric bikes and scooters in three Sacramento suburbs, likely until next spring.

Sacramento Bee

Can California put cars in the rear-view mirror?

August 19, 2019

The story goes that Californians love their cars. But much of the time that relationship is dysfunctional, launching drivers into the teeth of traffic jams, fouling the air and spewing gases that undermine state policies to combat climate change.


BMW Interviews Director Gil Tal for Insights about Electromobility

July 31, 2019

The latest issue of BMW Sustainability News includes an in-depth interview with the Director of the Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Center at ITS-Davis. Dr. Tal explains how electric vehicle markets are evolving, and highlights the role of policy in stoking the higher performing market in California.

BMW Group

‘Clean’ freight traffic is elusive as California rolls toward zero emissions

June 9, 2019

“If California’s trying to be a leader, we have to go as fast as possible,” said Lew Fulton, who studies sustainable transportation at UC Davis’ Institute of Transportation Studies. “Policies are critical to try to speed this up… Carrots and sticks. Carrots being pricing and incentives, sticks being regulatory.”


Trump administration says no new talks with California on car rules

June 7, 2019

The Trump administration has “largely ignored California and the auto industry so far,” said Daniel Sperling, director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California Davis and a member of the California Air Resources Board. “It’s saying even the auto industry believes that there should be vehicle-emissions standards in place.”


In Middle of Trade War, America’s Busiest Port Gets Ready for Robots

May 20, 2019

“Automation is the path of history,” said Dan Sperling, a member of the California’s Air Resources Board and professor of civil engineering and environmental science at the University of California, Davis. “The questions are how much automation really makes sense, and how do you deal with the disruption to the workers?”


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