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June 3, 2021
12:00-1:00PM

Should we pump the brakes on electric vehicles? A pro-climate perspective

June 3, 2021   12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

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Is electrifying all of transportation essential for achieving our climate goals? In many circles, the answer seems to go without saying -- of course it’s essential! But a growing body of evidence calls this assertion into question. In this USAEE webinar, Professor Rapson (UC Davis) describes research that supports a more nuanced, incentive-based view of optimal policy for those interested in long-run decarbonization. While electric vehicles (EVs) may play an important role, faster EV adoption is not always better, the trajectory of future demand for EVs is highly uncertain, there are cheaper options for carbon abatement than subsidizing EVs, and society will benefit from keeping other technology pathways viable going forward.

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David Rapson is an associate professor of Economics and Director of the Davis Energy Economics Program (DEEP) at University of California, Davis. Professor Rapson studies how firms and consumers make decisions, primarily about energy use, and what this implies for optimal regulation and government policy. Active research topics include electric vehicles, electricity markets and pricing, and climate policy. His research appears in The American Economic Review, ScienceNature, and other journals.

 

Max Parness

Max Parness is a program manager in Toyota’s Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs group in Washington, DC. He manages a portfolio of energy and environmental research in support of Toyota's sustainability, regulatory, and business objectives. Recent areas of activity include the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard and vehicle-grid integration. Max has a MS in technology and policy from MIT and a BS in electrical engineering from Drexel University.

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2021-06-03 2021-06-03 13:00:00 America/Detroit Should we pump the brakes on electric vehicles? A pro-climate perspective June 3, 2021   12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT REGISTER Is electrifying all of transportation essential for achieving our climate goals? In many circles, the answer seems to go without saying -- of course it’s essential! But a growing body of evidence calls this assertion into question. In this USAEE webinar, Professor Rapson (UC Davis) describes research that supports a more nuanced, incentive-based view of optimal policy for those interested in long-run decarbonization. While electric vehicles (EVs) may play an important role, faster EV adoption is not always better, the trajectory of future demand for EVs is highly uncertain, there are cheaper options for carbon abatement than subsidizing EVs, and society will benefit from keeping other technology pathways viable going forward. SPEAKERS David Rapson is an associate professor of Economics and Director of the Davis Energy Economics Program (DEEP) at University of California, Davis. Professor Rapson studies how firms and consumers make decisions, primarily about energy use, and what this implies for optimal regulation and government policy. Active research topics include electric vehicles, electricity markets and pricing, and climate policy. His research appears in The American Economic Review, Science, Nature, and other journals.   Max Parness is a program manager in Toyota’s Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs group in Washington, DC. He manages a portfolio of energy and environmental research in support of Toyota's sustainability, regulatory, and business objectives. Recent areas of activity include the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard and vehicle-grid integration. Max has a MS in technology and policy from MIT and a BS in electrical engineering from Drexel University. REGISTER Registration is free; you will receive a webinar link when you register.     ----