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March 06, 2017
Innovation that supports the coequal goals of efficiency, equity and the environment in the vehicle industry requires coordination across federal, state and local policy. Without coherence in regulatory intent and implementation from federal to local government agencies, self-driving cars will repeat many of the shortcomings of the two largest surface transportation technology innovations in the last century: gasoline-powered cars and clean vehicles.  California and Los Angeles are prime...
January 29, 2015
We can't afford not to take advantage of vehicle automation technologies. With proper design, testing and regulation, advanced vehicle automation has the potential to greatly reduce the number of injuries and fatalities attributable to motor vehicle accidents.Vehicle automation has already provided important safety advantages. Technologies such as electronic stability control — which improves performance on turns and slippery surfaces — and anti-lock brakes have been around for many years, and...
February 25, 2014
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by Jon LeSage"It was fascinating to participate last week at “Transportation Electrification Curriculum Roadmap Workshop,” which was organized by Brett Williams and J.R. DeShazo of UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation. It was hosted by Southern California Edison at its SCE Energy Education Center in Irwindale, Calif. The focus of that day was on challenges being faced by education programs training students in community colleges and universities to serve the growing industry of electric...
September 11, 2013
by Brett Williams An update is now available on the UCLA Luskin Center EV Initiative's Market Dynamics page. This presentation now includes facts and figures characterizing the U.S. sales of over 131,000 plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) through August 2013. The cumulative PEV fleet on U.S. roads represents nearly $5.1 billion in gross revenue and is capable of using its over 2.9 million kilowatt-hours of batteries to drive over 8.6 million EPA-rated electric miles each time it...
August 05, 2013
by Brett WilliamsAn update is now available on the UCLA Luskin Center EV Initiative's Market Dynamics page. This presentation now includes facts and figures characterizing the U.S. sales of over 120,000 plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) through July 2013. The cumulative PEV fleet on U.S. roads represents over $4.6 billion in gross revenue and is capable of using its over 2.6 million kilowatt-hours of batteries to drive over 7.9 million EPA-rated electric miles each time it recharges...
July 08, 2013
 An update is now available on the UCLA Luskin Center EV Initiative's Market Dynamics page. This presentation now includes facts and figures characterizing the U.S. sales of over 112,000 plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) through June 2013. The cumulative PEV fleet on U.S. roads is capable of using its nearly 2.5 million kilowatt-hours of batteries to drive over 7.3 million EPA-rated electric miles each time it recharges. What are the best-selling PEVs in the U.S.? Cumulative...
June 27, 2013
by Brett Williams By the end of 2012, there were over 26,000 light-duty PEVs on California roads representing $1 billion in gross revenues… A new resource is now available on the UCLA Luskin Center EV Initiative's Market Dynamics page. This presentation includes facts and figures characterizing the California registration[1] of over 26,000 plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) during the period 12/1/2012 thru 12/31/2012. This cumulative PEV fleet on California roads is capable of using...
June 25, 2013
Check out a terrific newly released Next 10 report, Unraveling Ties to Petroleum: How Policy Drives California's Demand for Oil, authored by UCA experts Juan Matute and Dr. Stephanie Pincetl. The complete body of research identifies 15 California policies and their connection to the demand for petroleum. Each policy brief can be found online at www.next10.org, along with an Executive Summary that provides an overview of all 15 policies. The top five policies found to be the...
June 20, 2013
PEV sales analysis updated through May 2013 by Brett Williams An update is now available on the UCLA Luskin Center EV Initiative's Market Dynamics page. This presentation now includes facts and figures characterizing the U.S. sales of nearly 104,000 plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) through May 2013. Notable trends include: * There are now “officially” over 100,000 PEVs on U.S. roads, based on publically available sales data. [This threshold was reached earlier if counting: the ~6...
May 10, 2013
by Brett Williams An update is now available on the UCLA Luskin Center EV Initiative's Market Dynamics page. This presentation now includes facts and figures characterizing the U.S. sales of over 96,000 plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) through April 2013. Notable trends include: * The cumulative PEV fleet on U.S. roads is capable of using its 2 million kilowatt-hours of batteries to drive nearly 6 million EPA-rated electric miles before recharging. * Over 37,000 Chevy Volts are...