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UC Institute of Transportation Studies to lead major study on a carbon-neutral transportation system for California

May 13, 2020

California is a global leader on policies to reduce the emissions causing climate change. But transportation has proven a particularly challenging sector to decarbonize. The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) recently released a draft scope of work for a major transportation study that will help steer the state towards its goal of carbon neutrality by 2045.

EVs To The Rescue: Lessons From A California Blackout

October 17, 2019

When the lights went out in California last week, one resident used the power stored in his electric vehicle (EV) to keep his oxygen machine up and running. That story, repeated with variations around the state, called attention to a vision of the future where people use their electric cars and trucks to power homes and businesses. Read More...


Navigating the complicated world of EV charging

October 08, 2019

Electric cars: the future of transportation. At least, that always seems to be the message. We often hear that electricity is cheaper than gas and better for the environment, and that going electric is one of the most effective ways to reduce your personal carbon footprint. Read More...


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

June 26, 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.” Read more...


Blog: Moving Freight Sustainably from Here to There: Scenarios for Zero-Emission Trucking Technologies

June 17, 2019

Almost all trucks today are powered by diesel engines and fossil fuel. Changing how trucks are powered is essential to solving the problems of air pollution and climate change. After all, trucks account for a substantial share of both pollutant emissions and CO2 emissions on California’s roadways. But what are the feasible strategies and costs for reaching a future with zero- or very-low-emissions trucks? Read More...

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

June 12, 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?” Read More...