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Transitioning Cars & Trucks to Low GHG–Emitting Technologies and Fuels

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Scenarios for Transitioning Cars and Trucks to Low Greenhouse Gas–Emitting Technologies and Fuels

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California has adopted ambitious targets for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. These include a target of an 80% reduction in energy-related CO2 emissions by 2050, a statutory target of 40% reductions from a 1990 baseline by 2030, and an executive order calling for carbon neutrality by 2045. Road transportation modes—including cars and light, medium, and heavy-duty trucks—will all need to play their part. In this study, we examine the costs and challenges of reducing road transportation GHG emissions 80% by 2050, through rapid uptake of advanced vehicle and fuel technologies. We consider several scenarios and the costs of achieving these, along with policy implications.

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Lewis Fulton is Director of the Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways Program (STEPS+) within the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis (ITS-Davis), where he leads research activities around new vehicle technologies, new fuels, and how they can gain rapid acceptance in the market. He also coordinates research across five ITS-Davis research centers. From 2007-2012 he was a Senior Transport Specialist with the International Energy Agency, Paris, and Division Head for Energy Technology Policy during 2011-2012. He held earlier posts at IEA from 1999-2005. During 2006-2007 he worked in Kenya with the UN Environment Program, developing and implementing sustainable transport projects around the world. During the1990s he also worked at the U.S. Department of Energy and taught at the Independent University of Bangladesh and the University of Maryland.

Marshall Miller received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Pennsylvania. After a post-doc at the University of Chicago, he joined the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis in 1993. His work focuses on advanced technologies and fuels to increase fuel economy and reduce emissions in the transportation sector. He manages the Advanced Vehicle Propulsion Systems Laboratory at UC Davis where he studies batteries and ultracapacitors to understand their applications in vehicles. He has developed models to assess the potential greenhouse gas reductions and cost implications from the market penetration of new vehicle technologies in the light-duty and trucking sectors. He has worked with transit agencies, utilities, regulatory agencies, industry, and non-profits to understand the implications of specific vehicle and fuel technologies including fuel cells, batteries, hydrogen, and biofuels.

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