Capitol Hill Briefing: Policy Insights from Electric Vehicle Markets in the Northeast and California

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Capitol Hill Briefing: Policy Insights from Electric Vehicle Markets in the Northeast and California

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This event will take place at 8am PST / 11am EST.

The transportation sector accounts for the largest share of US greenhouse gas emissions. Transitioning to a zero-emission vehicle fleet will be key to avoiding the worst impacts of climate change. But making this transition will be challenging—zero-emission vehicles made up less than two percent of the 17 million new passenger vehicle sales in 2019.

In this briefing, researchers from the National Center for Sustainable Transportation will share insights from electric vehicle markets in two very different states. California has aggressive vehicle electrification goals and accounts for nearly half of the nation’s electric vehicle sales. Vermont and its neighboring states are also encouraging electric vehicle adoption but face unique challenges as largely rural states in cold climates. Insights on successful incentives, adoption barriers, and policy gaps from these states provide valuable lessons learned for federal efforts to promote a cleaner transportation system.

This briefing is targeted for federal agency and Capitol Hill staff. To register, please contact Mike Sintetos at mjsintetos@ucdavis.edu. Members of the public will be able to view the briefing on YouTube Live at the appointed time.

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Gregory Rowangould

Dr. Gregory Rowangould is the Director of the Transportation Research Center and an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Vermont. He specializes in modeling transportation systems, transportation policy evaluation and mobile source air quality analysis. His research focuses on understanding how the design and operation of transportation systems and transportation policy affect the sustainability of communities, public health, and equity. Since moving to Vermont, he has focused greater attention on the transportation needs of smaller cities and rural communities where there are unique challenges to sustainability and economic development. Dr. Rowangould received a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Davis, a MS in Resource Economics and Policy from the University of Maine, and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maine.

Gil Tal

Dr. Gil Tal is the Director of the Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center at the University of California, Davis Institute of Transportation Studies. He is currently leading multiple research projects including a study on local planning and deployment of electric vehicle infrastructure, a study on GIS tools for infrastructure planning, a multi-state study of new plug-in vehicle buyers, and a study on the secondary market of plug-in vehicles in California. Dr. Tal holds a Ph.D. in Transportation Technology and Policy from UC Davis, and an M.A. in geography and environmental policy and planning from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

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