UC Davis study: roadkill declines as COVID-19 continues

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Fewer wild animals, including threatened mountain lions, are becoming roadkill during shelter-in-place orders, according to a study on three states from the University of California, Davis. —report author Fraser Shilling, director of the UC Davis Road Ecology Center.

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UC Davis study: traffic-related air pollution impacts early brain development

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Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have found a link between traffic-related air pollution and an increased risk for changes in brain development relevant to neurodevelopmental disorders. Lein worked with UC Davis atmospheric scientist Anthony Wexler and first author Kelley Patten, a doctoral student in the UC Davis graduate group for pharmacology and toxicology, to develop a novel approach to study the impacts of traffic-related air pollution in real time.

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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. This is one slice of conditioning the market, users and institutions like this university to think along those lines. —ITS-Davis Director Dan Sperling.

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UC Davis ITS report finds state transition to ZEVs will ultimately be cost-effective

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California’s transition to zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) will begin to save the state money by as early as 2030, according to a study by researchers at the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis (ITS-Davis).

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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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UC Davis report proposes mileage fee for EVs, maintaining fuel tax for ICEs to support road repairs

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A research report submitted to the California Legislature this week by the University of California, Davis’ Institute of Transportation Studies proposes switching EVs to a mileage-based road-funding fee (road user charge, RUC) while continuing to have gasoline-powered cars pay gasoline taxes.

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UC Davis and University of Tokyo collaborating on algae biofuels project

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A better understanding of how algae can be used to make biofuels is the aim of a new joint project between UC Davis and the University of Tokyo, Japan. UC Davis’ share will be about $1.5 Other UC Davis investigators on the project are: Jean VanderGheynst, professor of biological and agricultural engineering; John Labavitch, professor of plant sciences; and Tobias Kind and William Wikoff, both project scientists at the UC Davis Genome Center.

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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 The NCST is one of only five national transportation centers awarded under the University Transportation Centers program reauthorized by the federal Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act.

Zipcar introduces Honda Fit EV into UC Davis West Village fleet

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Zipcar has introduced a 2014 Honda Fit battery electric vehicle (EV) at The University of California, Davis’ (UC Davis) West Village , the largest planned zero net energy community in the United States. The new Honda Fit EV at UC Davis is located at West Village Square right across the street from West Village’s other Zipcar, a Honda Insight, in front of “The Hub Market.” Zipcar has had vehicles on campus at UC Davis since 2009.

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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.

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MIT/UC Davis professors challenge claims that ethanol production decreased gasoline prices in 2010 and 2011

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Two professors from MIT and UC Davis have released a paper challenging the recent claims by the Renewable Fuel Association (RFA) and US Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack that ethanol production decreased gasoline prices by $0.89

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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. STEPS is a multidisciplinary research consortium, part of the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis.).

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UC Davis researchers suggest we may be at the beginning of a real hydrogen transition in transportation

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Researchers at the Institute of Transportation Studies University of California, Davis suggest that a number of positive trends indicate that we may be seeing the beginning of a real hydrogen transition in transportation, despite earlier starts that fizzled.

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UC Davis, Stanford team proposes reaction mechanism for key step in assembly of hydrogen-generating bacterial catalyst

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Researchers at the University of California, Davis, and Stanford University are proposing a reaction mechanism for one of the key steps in assembling the hydrogen-generating bacterial catalyst hydrogenase.

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UC Davis process produces gasoline-range hydrocarbons from biomass-derived levulinic acid; field-to-tank yield of >60% claimed

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Researchers at the University of California, Davis have developed a process for the production of branched C 7 –C 10 hydrocarbons in the gasoline volatility range from biomass-derived levulinic acid with good yield, operating under relatively mild conditions, with short reaction times. A paper on their work is published in the journal Angewandte Chemie International Edition ; UC Davis has filed provisional patents on the process, and is making it available for licensing.

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UC Davis Names Chevron Chair in Energy Efficiency

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The University of California, Davis announced the appointment of Professor Nicole Woolsey Biggart of the university’s Graduate School of Management to the Chevron Chair in Energy Efficiency. The Chevron Chair directs the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center in its mission to accelerate the commercialization of energy-efficiency technologies, teach future leaders in energy efficiency and conduct critical policy-supporting research.

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UC Davis Begins $2.8M Studies on Impacts of Escaped Nitrogen

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University of California, Davis researchers will receive $2.8 These environmental impacts are not fully documented, according to Tom Tomich, director of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis. This grant is to the Agricultural Sustainability Institute, in collaboration with the University of California Agricultural Issues Center, Kearney Foundation for Soil Science, and the UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program.

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UC Davis ITS study suggests hastening consumer adoption of plug-ins will require innovation on the sales side

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A study by researchers at the Institute of Transportation Studies, UC Davis finds that buyers of plug-in vehicles (PEVs) are substantially less satisfied with the dealer purchase experience than buyers of conventional vehicles—with the notable exception of Tesla buyers. Among their initial findings: PEV buyers universally report lower satisfaction with the dealer purchase experience than buyers of conventional vehicles. Cahill, Eric, Jamie Davies-Shawhyde, Thomas S.

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BMW and UC Davis Partner on MINI E Study

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BMW of North America and the University of California at Davis (UC Davis) are partnering on a year-long field study to determine the viability of electric vehicles. Marking the first comprehensive study of its kind since the mid-1990s, the UC Davis-led research will focus on user interactions with the MINI E, and is expected to yield insights into real-life usage and perceptions about electric vehicles. Tom Turrentine, director of UC Davis’ PHEV Research Center.

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UC Davis report finds LCFS compliance costs may rise rapidly; recommends offsetting measures

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A recent report prepared by UC Davis researchers for the California Air Resources Board (ARB) found that compliance costs for the Low Carbon Fuels Standard (LCFS) may increase rapidly in the future if there are large differences in marginal costs between traditional fossil fuels and alternative, low-carbon-intensity fuels; or if there are capacity or technological constraints to deploying alternative fuels, particularly those with low-carbon intensity.

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UC Davis study identifies toxicity of particulate matter from specific sources

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The California Air Resources Board and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) released a report they commissioned by investigators at the University of California, Davis that looks at how to distinguish health effects caused by different types of fine and ultrafine airborne particulate matter (PM) from different sources. The research was conducted by Dr. Anthony Wexler, director of the Air Quality Research Center at the University of California, Davis.

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Hyundai signs MOU with UC Berkeley and UC Davis to establish ‘Hyundai Center of Excellence’ for collaborative R&D

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Hyundai Motor Group signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of California, Berkeley and University of California, Davis to establish the Hyundai Center of Excellence. This long-range program is designed to strengthen Hyundai Motor Group’s fundamental R&D competency by working with the world’s leading universities and companies. Hyundai will also work with top research institutions, including UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and Stanford University.

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UC Davis team engineers cyanobacterium for enhanced direct production of 2,3-butanediol; design methods for exogenous chemical production

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A research team from the University of California, Davis has engineered a 2,3-butanediol (23BD) biosynthetic pathway in the cyanobacterium Synechococcus elongatus PCC7942 to establish design methods for efficient exogenous chemical production in cyanobacteria—a technology area that is still in its infancy compared with model fermentative organisms, they noted.

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California Energy Commission awards nearly $400,000 to UC Davis for wind forecasting for grid operator

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The California Energy Commission has awarded $398,662 to the University of California, Davis to develop a forecasting tool that can be used by the state’s grid operator to respond to sudden changes in wind power production. UC Davis and its partners are providing an additional $109,364 in cost sharing funds.

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CATARC and UC Davis establish China-US ZEV Policy Lab to accelerate adoption of plug-in and fuel cell cars in US and in China

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The University of California, Davis, and the China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATARC) have entered a new agreement to work together to help speed the commercialization of plug-in and fuel cell electric cars in China. Primary UC Davis partners are the Institute of Transportation Studies and the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy. Signatories to the MOU include UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B.

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UC Davis, ITDP study suggests global shift to public transport, NMT and away from cars could save $100T through 2050 and cut GHGs

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One of the more affordable ways to cut greenhouse gas emissions is to design cities to give people clean options for using public transportation, walking and cycling and to move away from car-centric development, according to a new report released by the University of California, Davis, and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP). —Lew Fulton, co-director of NextSTEPS Program at the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies.

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New UC Davis market-based sustainability forecasting approach concludes supplanting gasoline and diesel with renewable fuels could take 131 years

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At the current pace of research and development, replacing gasoline and diesel with renewable fuel alternatives could take some 131 years, according to a new University of California, Davis, study using a new sustainability forecasting approach based on market expectations. —Nataliya Malyshkina, UC Davis postdoctoral researcher.

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UC Davis study highlights results of MINI E field trial in US; MINI E met 90% of daily driving needs

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The University of California, Davis and the BMW Group released the largest publicly available study of electric-car users yet conducted, including more than 120 families who drove the fully electric MINI E automobile more than 1 million miles in California, New York and New Jersey from June 2009 to June 2010. The report from the Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle (PH&EV) Research Center at UC Davis investigates the US pioneers’s experience during the field trial.

UC Davis ITS study concludes future annual growth rate of Chinas vehicle parc may be double current forecasts

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Yunshi Wang, Jacob Teter and Daniel Sperling from the University of California Davis Institute of Transportation Studies report that the growth rate of China’s vehicle population could reach 13-17% per year—roughly twice the 6-11% widely forecast for annual growth.

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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.

UC Davis Study Finds That Ultracapacitor-based Micro-Hybrid Systems Can Deliver Substantial Fuel Economy Improvements

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Using a micro-hybrid system featuring carbon/carbon ultracapacitor units as energy storage can result in significant increases in fuel economy over a baseline conventional vehicle, according to a study by Dr. Andrew Burke at UC Davis. Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis, Research Report UCD-ITS-RR-09-23.

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University of Maryland wins 2012 Hydrogen Student Design Contest

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The team of the University of Maryland is the winner of the 2012 Hydrogen Student Design Contest, announced on Sunday by the US Department of Energy at the Young Scientist Symposium of the World Hydrogen Energy Conference 2012 in Toronto, Canada. For the 2012 Contest, students were challenged to plan and design a tri-generation system that produces electricity, heat, and hydrogen for their university campus.

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Study: EVs put to use in ride-hailing deliver more carbon benefits than in personal use

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Electric cars could deliver even greater environmental benefits if they were to be used by ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft than if they were to go to private use, according to a new study from the University of California, Davis.

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Jaguar Land Rover investing $1.6M in two new Centers of Excellence for Engine Combustion Research at Oxford and University College London; gasoline and diesel

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Jaguar Land Rover announced the creation of two new Centers of Excellence for Engine Combustion Research at two leading UK universities. million) investment will be shared equally between University College London (UCL) and the University of Oxford to support the development of new research facilities and fund two 5-year study programs. The university teams include a number of senior academic staff, research assistants, technicians and research students.

CARB, NOAA, NASA and San Jose State University scientists team up to study ozone transported across Pacific

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This summer dozens of scientists from State and federal agencies and universities are using four different aircraft with more than 200 flight hours, balloons that measure ozone aloft, and a laser-based instrument that measures ozone above the ground up to 12,000 feet, to investigate ozone which enters California from the Pacific Ocean. As California continues to reduce local sources of ozone, ozone entering the state from the Pacific makes up a larger fraction of measured ozone levels.

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

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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 DavisWhoever 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.

Royal Academy of Engineering Report Says EV Success Depends on Low-Carbon Electricity, Universal Broadband Provision and Smart Grids

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The introduction of electric vehicles on a large scale in the UK can only have a beneficial effect on CO 2 emissions if low-carbon electricity, universal broadband provision and smart grids are in place to support the transition, according to a new report published by the UK Royal Academy of Engineering. Professor Roger Kemp of Lancaster University, Chair of the Academy’s Electric Vehicles working group. Professor Phil Blythe, Newcastle University.

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To Get Hydrogen Competitive With Gasoline: $1 Billion, Cheap Natural Gas Needed

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And a new study just released by the University of California--Davis suggests that we are "tantalizingly close to the beginning of a hydrogen

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ChargePoint reports 35% increase in in-network charging stations on college campuses

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There are currently 1,134 charging spots at colleges and universities on the ChargePoint network, up about 35%, with just 838 at this time last year. With 38 on-campus charging spots, the University of California at Davis has the most of any university on the ChargePoint network. The top 5 colleges and universities with the most ChargePoint EV charging spots are: University of California at Davis: 38. Towson University, Maryland: 36.

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California crashes and traffic down by half during shelter-in-place for COVID-19, saving state $40M/day

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The reductions save the state an estimated $40 million per day—about $1 billion over the time period— according to an updated special report released from the Road Ecology Center at the University of California, Davis.

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Study looks at the viability of the MINI E

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The BMW MINI E is one of the most exciting and head turning electric car concepts and now it is being put to the test thanks to a partnership between BMW and the University of California at Davis. Studies will be led by the UC Davis Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Research Centre, which is administered by the Institute of Transportation Studies and is funded by a three-year, $3million grant from the California Energy Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research Programme.

What will get more people to consider electric cars? Take our Twitter poll

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A recent study from the University of California, Davis suggested that awareness of available plug-in electric cars among potential buyers was no higher in 2017 than it had been in 2014. Worse, only California car owners were surveyed—and that's the state in which roughly half of all the battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in the. Plug-In Hybrids costs plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Charging stations Polls

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US COVID-19 mitigation efforts resulting in significant decline in traffic, emissions and fuel-tax revenues

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A new report from the Road Ecology Center at the University of California, Davis has found that total US vehicle miles traveled (VMT) at the county and state level have declined by 61% to 90% following the various government stay-at-home orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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