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Widespread adoption of electric vehicles is needed to reduce air pollution and avoid the most severe consequences of climate change. As electric cars have become increasingly available, trucks and buses represent the next frontier for electrification. Heavy-duty vehicles comprise a small fraction of vehicles on the road but disproportionately contribute to air pollution and global warming emissions. I will discuss the state of technology for heavy-duty electric vehicles and the policy landscape for increasing their deployment in California.
Jimmy O’Dea is a Senior Vehicles Analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Dr. O’Dea specializes in technologies and policies for clean vehicles, with emphasis on heavy-duty vehicles and connected and automated vehicles. Dr. O’Dea’s experience includes over 10 years of scientific research investigating materials to improve the durability and reduce the costs of hydrogen fuel cells. His work spans local, state, and federal solutions to advance clean technologies. He previously worked on energy and climate policy for US Senator Brian Schatz (Hawaii).