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  • Austin Brown on COVID-19 and Climate Policy Conversations

    Director of the Policy Institute, Austin Brown, talks on shelter-in-place directives influence on society, the environment and transportation. Austin discusses lessons to be taken into consideration for environmental policy actions post COVID-19 recovery.

  • Policy Institute director Austin Brown featured on Capital Public Radio

    Could COVID-19 change how people travel for good? Capital Public Radio discussed the question with the Policy Institute’s Austin Brown.

  • Policy Institute leadership provides expert commentary to BBC, Capital Public Radio

    The BBC and Capital Public Radio recently turned to the Policy Institute’s Austin Brown and Colin Murphy for insight on what current events may mean for the future of sustainable transportation.

  • Electric vehicle fees won’t fix the transportation funding gap

    Many blame electric vehicles for the $1.1 trillion gap in federal transportation funding. Many are wrong.

  • Q&A: The Biggest Source Of Carbon Emissions Or The Best Opportunity?

    Austin Brown talks with the Alliance to Save Energy about the current trends and future potential of transportation.

  • Product Liability Is the Wrong Standard for Self-Driving Cars

    Who’s responsible when AVs crash? Why the success of automated vehicles depends on smart liability policy.

  • Asking for Forgiveness

    In the age of new technology, is it better to ask for forgiveness, or beg for permission? Austin Brown and Kelly Fleming explore why companies have taken this approach and how policymakers and business leaders can improve the situation.

  • Why Federal AV Policy Is a Necessary-- But Not Sufficient-- Step

    Additional strategic policies across all levels of government are necessary to achieve our vision of a shared, electric, and automated future.

  • How (Almost) Everyone Came To Love Low Carbon Fuels In California

    Automakers and energy utilities now embrace California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, and even oil companies accept it.

  • How partially automated vehicles could lead to more driving

    Full automation is projected to increase the use of individually owned vehicles, perhaps by as much as 60%. But what about partially automated vehicles?

  • New “EV&Me” blog highlights experiences of electric-vehicle owners and drivers

    Today, the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy, the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies, and Cool Davis are launching “EV&Me”, a blog where owners and drivers of all-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles share their experiences of driving electric.

  • Long Live Batteries

    EV challenges remain but battery life is not one of them.

  • By Freezing Vehicle Standards, the Trump Administration Will Grind Auto Innovation to a Halt

    The U.S. auto industry will cede global leadership in developing vehicle technology.

  • How Lyft and Uber Can Fix–Not Cause–Congestion

    Though app-based car services such as Uber and Lyft may displace public transit to some extent, there is even greater—yet largely ignored—potential for such services to reduce net congestion by facilitating multi-passenger pooling.

  • Trying To Make Sense Of Trump's Rollback Of Vehicle Standards

    The evidence shows that freezing Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) program standards is hard to justify on economic, social, environmental, or legal grounds.

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

    The PH & EV Research Center is following the direction of worldwide PEV markets. While the United States may be facing road blocks because of changing regulations and tariffs, the electric mobility market in other nations continues to grow.

  • Tesla's Struggles Are A Threat To The Future Of Electric Cars

    Because of Tesla’s volatile past, it is difficult to predict its future. Howerver, a strong private-sector leader like Tesla will pull EV technologies and markets forward in the United States.

  • New Mobility Companies For A New Future

    New technologies and business models are unlocking what could be a trillion dollar market for new mobility services—converting individual car ownership and uncompensated driving into commercial businesses.

  • Could Ride-Hailing Improve Public Transportation Instead of Undercutting It?

    While ride-hailing threatens public transit, it is also key to its future success — but only with smart policies and the right price signals.

  • Can Local Governments Make Lyft and Uber More Sustainable?

    Susan Pike interviews representatives at the front lines of transporation innovation on their expectations of the impacts of ridehailing services.

  • Is Natural Gas the Transition Fuel for Hydrogen?

    A new plan to lower carbon emissions in homes injects low carbon hydrogen into the natural gas grid. However, blending hydrogen into existing networks ultimately limits the scale of possible hydrogen adoption.

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

    While the number of models and makes of PEV’s has nearly doubled from 2014 to 2017, consumers are still largely unaware of the transition to Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEV).

  • Go East, ITS-Davis Researchers!

    Policy Institute staff joined other researchers and experts from UC Davis at the 97th annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington, DC.

  • 5,000 Miles of Bolt Ownership

    Policy Institute Executive Director Austin Brown reflects on several months of driving an all-electric vehicle.

  • Planning in the Face of Transportation Revolutions

    Learn more about the actions planners can take to embrace the 3 transportation revolutions in this summary of ITS policy brief, “Land Use Planning and Transportation Policies.”

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

    How do tax credits for electric vehicles support the transition to a cleaner transportation system?

  • Can the Electric Grid Handle Fleets of Shared, Electric and Autonomous Vehicles?

    Long-range development of EV charging networks, and other critical infrastructure, will require a holistic approach to strategically transition the needs of today’s travel to enable a brighter transportation future tomorrow.

  • 500 Miles of Bolt Ownership

    Policy Institute Executive Director Austin Brown shares his thoughts as a new owner of an all-electric vehicle.