USDOT awards $14M to UC Davis-led National Center for Sustainable Transportation

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The US Department of Transportation recently selected the National Center for Sustainable Transportation, led by the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies, to receive a five-year grant totaling approximately $14 million ($2.8 million in the initial year) to advance a more sustainable transportation system. It is the only national transportation center focused on environmental preservation and the only one in California.

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UC Davis study finds discontinuance rate of 21% for California PHEV adopters, 19% for BEV adopters

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A new study by Scott Hardman and Gil Tal at the University of California, Davis has found that discontinuance occurs at a rate of 21% for California plug-in hybrid adopters and 19% for California battery electric vehicle adopters. UC Davis: National Center for Sustainable Transportation.” Discontinuance is the term applied to the abandoning of a new technology by someone who was once an adopter or user.

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ITS-Davis study finds social influence a key element in transitioning to more sustainable transportation such as PHEVs

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Research from the Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California at Davis (ITS-Davis) suggests it will take more than a reasonable price and good information to get consumers to make more sustainable transportation choices, such as the purchase of a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). “What we’re finding, especially at UC Davis, is that its takes more than technical solutions to fix our problems; we can’t keep building our way out.

BMW providing 10 pre-owned i3 EVs to UC Davis for 18 months

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BMW is providing the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis with ten battery-electric, BMW i3 models for 18 months. Eight of the pre-owned vehicles will be available soon for UC Davis faculty and staff to rent through the campus’s UC Drive program, which is managed by the Fleet Services department. Transitioning fleets to electric vehicles helps advance clean energy technologies and reduce emissions from transportation. —ITS-Davis Director Dan Sperling.

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UC Davis researcher finds ride-hailing EVs offer triple the emissions benefits of a personally owned EV

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Replacing a gasoline-powered ride-hailing vehicle with an electric vehicle can deliver three times the carbon benefits of a personally owned electric vehicle, according to a study by a University of California, Davis, researcher of Uber and Lyft data. —author Alan Jenn, a researcher at the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis.

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ITS-Davis director Dan Sperling to chair US Transportation Research Board

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Dan Sperling, director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis, and member of the California Air Resources Board, has been appointed the 2015 chair of the Transportation Research Board’s Executive Committee, which provides independent scientific advice to the nation on transportation issues. Department of Transportation. The board’s mission is to promote innovation and progress in transportation through objective research.

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UC Davis, ITDP report finds shared mobility essential for realizing full benefits of electrification and automation

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A new report from a team at the University of California, Davis, and the New York-based nonprofit Institute for Transportation & Development Policy (ITDP) has concluded that shared mobility is a critical enabler for realizing the benefits of electrification and autonomous driving. The report examines three urban travel scenarios surrounding three transportation “revolutions:” vehicle electrification, automation, and widespread shared mobility.

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Social influences to drive plug-in hybrid vehicle take-up

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Whoever thought that the only elements people need to make more sustainable transport choices are reasonable prices and good information, should think again – because social influence will also play a significant role. That’s the verdict of research by the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California at Davis which suggests that more [.]. Green cars Latest news plug-in hybrid cars plug-in hybrid vehicles social influences UC Davis

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California Energy Commission approves plans to invest nearly $500M in electricity R&D and alternative fuels

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Another is an annual clean transportation investment plan that is designed to spark innovation in projects that will help transform California’s fleet to meet greenhouse gas and clean air goals. The approved 2014-2015 Investment Plan Update for the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, which accounts for about 40% of California''s carbon emissions.

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Study finds renewable natural gas could meet ~85% of current natural gas use in transport in California by 2020s; much higher volumes possible with right policies

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A study by a team from UC Davis for the California Air Resources Board (ARB) has found that the state could produce 14 bcf (billion cubic feet) per year of renewable natural gas (RNG) (biomethane) by the 2020s, meeting roughly 85% of current natural gas use in transport California at LCFS (Low Carbon Fuel Standard) credits of $120 per metric ton of CO 2. bcf, which would be equal to five times the current transportation natural gas used in California, of which 50.8

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Study Concludes Cash for Clunkers Program Is an Expensive Way to Reduce Carbon; Paying Nearly 10x the Projected Price of Carbon Credits

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program is paying nearly 10 times the projected price of carbon credits per ton in the best-case scenario, according to an analysis of the implied cost of carbon dioxide reductions under the program by UC Davis transportation economist Christopher Knittel. It was funded by the Energy Institute and the Institute of Transportation Studies.

Study: natural gas heavy-duty trucking fleet could benefit economy, but has mixed environmental effects

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Switching from diesel fuel to natural gas may hold advantages for the US heavy-duty trucking fleet, but more needs to be done to reach the full environmental benefits, according to a new white paper released by the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis, and Rice University. —lead author Amy Myers Jaffe, executive director for Energy and Sustainability at UC Davis and an affiliate at ITS-Davis.

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