Don Anair

Research and deputy director, Clean Vehicles

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Don Anair is a senior engineer with expertise on diesel, hybrid and battery electric vehicle, and goods movement technologies and the policies needed to turn them into real solutions for U.S. oil dependence, air pollution and global warming. He holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering. See Don's full bio.

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Electric vehicle charging stations line the perimeter of San Francisco's City Hall. Photo: Bigstock.

Why Going 100% Electric in California Isn’t as Crazy as it Might Seem

California’s top air pollution regulator, Mary Nichols, made headlines last week after making comments to a Bloomberg reporter about the possibility of banning gasoline cars in California.  Shortly after that, California Assembly member Phil Ting announced he would introduce state legislation to do just that. Read more >

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Hurricane Season’s Impact at the Pump and Why Fuel Efficiency Matters

Gas prices are spiking. This week EIA reported an increase in the average price of gasoline of 28 cents per gallon – with some states seeing more than 40 cent increases. That’s the largest nationwide weekly gas price increase since hurricane Katrina in 2005.

What’s 28 cents worth you ask? More than a $100 million a day it turns out.

That’s bad, but it could be worse. Without vehicle fuel efficiency and emission standards that are currently in place, American drivers would be paying an average of $50 million more per day on fuel costs.

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Better Transportation Choices are Key to Meeting California’s 2030 Climate Goals

California has set ambitious targets for reducing climate emissions by 2030 – a 40% reduction in emissions compared to 1990 levels.   Read more >

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Self-Driving Cars in 2017: Navigating the Promises and Pitfalls

I’ve been thinking a lot about self-driving cars lately—and I’m not the only one. Predictions abound about when the technology will be fully ready, but these vehicles are already out there being tested on public roads. In fact, I’m lucky if a week goes by and I don’t see a car with a spinning roof top sensor—even my first-grader is pretty good at spotting them. Read more >

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California Moves Toward a More Sustainable Freight System

Sustainable freight. Almost sounds like an oxymoron, especially to anyone that lives near a truck route, port, or warehouse. How can a system of trains, ships, planes, and trucks designed to move billions of dollars’ worth of goods from factories around the world to your doorstep be “sustainable”?

Despite that challenge, California officials released a draft Sustainable Freight Action Plan—a multi-agency effort resulting from Governor Brown’s Executive order issued last July—aimed at taking steps to transform the freight system to address the challenges of poor air quality and climate change. There’s some good stuff in the plan, but some room for improvement too. Read more >

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