Jimmy O'Dea

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Jimmy O’Dea is a vehicles analyst in the Clean Vehicles program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. He is an expert on cleaner vehicle and freight technologies and policies. See Jimmy's full bio.

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Tesla, Electric Semi-Trucks and Equity

Today is the unveiling of Tesla’s electric semi-truck. There’s been a lot of interest in this truck since it was referenced last summer in Tesla’s master plan. As the unveiling nears, excitement about Tesla’s truck has been tempered by news about the company’s labor conditions and accusations of discrimination at the company. While zero-emission trucks are critically important, so are safe and equitable workplaces. My hope is that Tesla becomes recognized for the quality of its workplace as much as the quality of its vehicles. Read more >

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How Freight Impacts Communities Across California

Today, UCS and the California Cleaner Freight Coalition (CCFC) released a video highlighting the impacts of freight across California. This video – and longer cuts of individual interviews here – touch on the many communities across California affected by freight.

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Truck and Bus Legislation to Watch in California

Today’s the last day of the California legislative session. It gets hectic in Sacramento this time of year, but here are two bills I’m paying attention to that could help reduce air pollution and global warming emissions from heavy-duty vehicles. Read more >

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LA Metro’s Opportunity to Lead

Update, August 3rd 2017: LA Metro committed to 100% zero-emission buses by 2030! This is a big win for clean air and local jobs! Here’s the resolution.

Today, Los Angeles Metro, the second largest transit agency in the United States, will vote on a plan to transition its fleet to zero-emission buses. If this sounds familiar, you’re right. It looked as though Metro would vote on this in June, but the vote got bumped to July.

Leading up to last month’s vote, Joel Espino from The Greenlining Institute and I blogged about the importance of this commitment and Metro’s leadership on clean vehicles. Metro’s decision will impact Los Angeles’ efforts to clean the air, fight climate change, and expand economic opportunity. We applaud the proposal put forward by Metro staff to transition the entire fleet to zero-emission vehicles.

So what else has happened in electric bus news this past month? Let’s catch up:

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An Important Step to Clean Air and More Equitable Communities in Los Angeles

Tomorrow, LA Metro, the second largest transit fleet in the United States, will decide what types of buses to purchase through 2030. The decision will impact Los Angeles’ efforts to clean the air, fight climate change, and expand economic opportunity. We applaud the proposal put forward by Metro staff last week to transition the entire fleet to zero-emission vehicles. Read more >

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