About GreenLight Blog

The Greenlight blog shares the latest, original, forward-looking research by UC Davis on sustainable transportation, energy and climate-related challenges facing society. The blog highlights fact-based, data driven analysis and expert insights on the scientific, commercial, technological, environmental and societal issues related to the future of fuels, mobility and energy efficiency. Through this blog, workshops and publications, UC Davis seeks to inform and elevate public dialogue on government policy and business strategy.

GreenLight Blog

Greenlight Blog

Welcome to GreenLight, blog of the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies, Energy Institute, Energy Efficiency Center, Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy—and affiliated centers and programs. Here you will find news on the latest research conducted by our affiliated faculty and research members, along with our graduate students. Our aim is to inform government and industry decision-making regarding vehicles, fuels, infrastructure, and mobility on key sustainable transportation and energy issues. Please explore, share, and comment on issues you find insightful or interesting.

The photo above shows West Village, the zero net energy community which is home to many of our transportation and energy research centers and institutes.
-Daniel Sperling, Professor and Director, ITS-Davis and the Energy Institute



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Global Electric Vehicle Sales are Accelerating, but Could Tariffs and Uncertain Policies Make it Hit the Brakes?

By Tom Turrentine | https://its.ucdavis.edu/people/tom-turrentine/ | Kathryn Canepa | | July 30, 2018

While the global plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market has been growing for several years, its continued expansion faces threats, caught up in potential trade wars and a roll back of favorable policies.

Can Local Governments Make Lyft and Uber More Sustainable?

By Susan Pike | https://its.ucdavis.edu/people/susan-pike/ | May 8, 2018

Ridehailing is a hot topic, and the subject of much commentary from prominent transportation experts. It is the focus of the recent book that I co-authored with Dan Sperling, Three Revolutions: Steering Automated, Shared, and Electric Vehicles to a Better Future.

GreenLight Blog: Is Natural Gas the Transition Fuel for Hydrogen?

By Amy Myers Jaffe | https://www.cfr.org/experts/amy-myers-jaffe | Joan Ogden | https://itspeople.ucdavis.edu/fac-proresearch/ogden-joan/ | February 14, 2018

GreenLight Blog: Is Natural Gas the Transition Fuel for Hydrogen?

Automakers and Policymakers May Be on a Path to Electric Vehicles; Consumers Aren’t

By Ken Kurani | https://itspeople.ucdavis.edu/fac-proresearch/kurani-ken/ | Scott Hardman | https://itspeople.ucdavis.edu/postdoc-research/hardman-scott/ | January 18, 2018

Automakers and Policymakers may be on a Path to Electric Vehicles; Consumers Aren’t

Credits and Rebates Play a Key Role in Building Consumer Market for Cleaner Electric Vehicles

By Gil Tal, Plug-in Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Center of ITS-Davis | https://itspeople.ucdavis.edu/fac-proresearch/tal-gil/ | Austin Brown, UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy | https://policyinstitute.ucdavis.edu/featured-articles/dr-austin-brown-named-new-executive-director-of-uc-davis-policy-institute-for-energy-environment-and-the-economy/ | November 8, 2017

The transportation world is moving towards an electric future. More EVs are available than ever before. Leading global automakers are pledging to transition to cleaner electric fleets. Entire countries are planning to phase out fossil-fuel vehicles, thereby lowering harmful emissions that are detrimental to human health.

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