Jimmy O'Dea

Senior vehicles analyst

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Jimmy O’Dea is a senior 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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A Policy to Increase the Availability of Electric Trucks

Today marks the opening of a 45-day public comment period on a proposal (“Advanced Clean Trucks”) that would require truck manufacturers to sell electric vehicles in California. The proposal is modeled after the state’s policy requiring carmakers to sell electric vehicles in the state, a major reason California has a disproportionate number of the country’s electric passenger vehicles. The standard would apply to Class 2b-8 trucks, which range from large pickup trucks to delivery trucks and semi trucks.

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More Charging Infrastructure Coming for Electric Trucks and Buses in California

Great news from San Francisco today. The California Public Utilities Commission approved San Diego Gas and Electric’s (SDG&E) five-year, $107 million proposal to invest in charging infrastructure for electric trucks and buses. Read more >

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Electric Airport Shuttle Buses Are Taking Off

No single policy will solve all of our air quality and climate problems—but incremental progress will help (airport shuttle buses included). Read more >

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How Can We Get More Electric Trucks on the Road?

California is considering a policy to drive sales of electric trucks like it has done for sales of electric cars.

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Self-Driving Cars and Land Use: An Interview with Becky Steckler and Nico Larco

Take a look outside. If you’re in a city, you might notice a lot of space has been devoted to roads and parking lots. Will automated vehicles (AVs) change how we use roads? Will we no longer need parking lots if we’re being shuttled around by cars that are constantly being used? Will the expected convenience of AVs create demand for even more roads? What can cities do to ensure AVs improve the livability of their communities?

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