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Gov. Brown’s Biggest Climate Foe Isn’t Trump. It’s Car-Loving Californians

September 21, 2018

“The main issue [is] that most of the Californians are not aware of the benefit and opportunity of buying plug-in electric cars,” says Gil Tal, who directs the Plug-In Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center at UC Davis . “If you buy an electric car today and you drive it for 10 years in California, your car will be cleaner every year.”

NPR/Morning Edition

Climate change cooperation is a silver lining

September 21, 2018

Dan Sperling, director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California-Davis, said shared mobility revolution could be the solution to current traffic problems and vehicle dependency. “The major responsibility for sustainable transportation and cities will be at the local level,” Sperling said.

China Daily USA

Long Live Batteries

August 31, 2018

“First, battery technology has continued to improve in reliability even as it has gotten much cheaper. Second, strong policies have been enacted to protect consumers. If you’re interested in buying an EV and experiencing some of [its] benefits firsthand, battery reliability is not a reason to wait.”–Co-authors Dr. Austin Brown of the UC Davis Policy Institute and Professor Dan Sperling of the Department of Engineering and Environmental Science.

Proposed Car Efficiency Rollback Will Not Halt Electric Vehicles

August 3, 2018

“The EV market is irreversible,” said Gil Tal, research director at the Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center with the University of California, Davis. “It’s not going to disappear. The growth can slow or be faster, but it will keep going.”

Scientific American/E&E News

Trying To Make Sense Of Trump’s Rollback Of Vehicle Standards

August 2, 2018

“The evidence shows that freezing CAFE standards is hard to justify on economic, social, environmental, or legal grounds.”—Co-authors Dan Sperling, the Distinguished Blue Planet Prize Professor of Engineering and Environmental Science at the University of California, Davis, and Nic Lutsey, who directs U.S. policy and electric vehicle research at the International Council on Clean Transportation

Trump could move this week to end California’s clean-car authority

July 23, 2018

“In California, transportation has been the only sector where emissions have been flat or even going up, so this is very important,” said Daniel Sperling, a member of the Air Resources Board and founding director of UC Davis’ Institute of Transportation Studies. “By simple math, if we don’t get the substantial reductions from vehicles, we’ll have to get them from industry or some other way.”

San Francisco Chronicle

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. 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.”


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

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