As director of the 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program at the Institute for Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis, Giovanni Circella is at the forefront of today's most important issues involving vehicles, roads and urban areas.
To Circella, COVID-19 has put a damper on some aspects of the three revolutions he studies — shared mobility, vehicle automation and connectivity and electrification — but he remains optimistic, especially on the electric vehicle front.
He's seated well for that, considering California's order requiring every new vehicle sold there by 2035 be zero-emission.
There are a lot of changes from consumer acceptance and regulatory standpoints that need to happen for the state to meet its goal. But, "Electrification has been already, for many years, a very important component of the transportation system," Circella, 42, said in a Shift podcast.