Jimmy O'Dea

Vehicles analyst

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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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More Great News for Clean Air and Public Transit

To meet air quality and climate goals, we need widespread electrification of all types of vehicles. Buses are the people’s electric vehicle. Read more >

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Leadership from California mayors on climate change, air quality, and public transit

What do the Super Bowl, national parks, and California mayors have in common? If you guessed electric buses, you’re right. Electric buses offer significant benefits for air quality and climate change compared to diesel and natural gas buses. And the impacts of pollution from heavy-duty combustion vehicles are large, despite these vehicles making up a small fraction of vehicles on the road. This is one reason so many cities across the country are beginning to adopt zero-emission buses. Read more >

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A Billion Dollar Policy for Electric Vehicles that you Probably Haven’t Heard Of

Two years ago, California passed Senate Bill 350, requiring 50 percent of electricity to come from renewable energy by 2030. This was big news. Hawaii had just passed a similar bill requiring 40 percent by 2030 and 100 percent by 2045. The so-called “SB 350 transportation electrification” plans are currently being reviewed by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and I’ve been representing UCS in this public process. Here’s a snapshot of the process. Read more >

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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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