07.17.2023 - Thank you, sponsors, speakers, moderators, panelists, and all other attendees for making Asilomar 2023 a huge success! We will be sending out a follow up email in a few days with links to the presentations and photographs from the conference.

Navigating to Net-Zero Carbon, and a Secure, Equitable Transportation Future

Pacific Grove, California

Conference Description

The 19th biennial conference will address the challenges of climate change in the context of environmental and mobility justice, how they influence transportation investments and choices, and the policies for accomplishing these changes in a sustainable manner. We are at a pivotal point, with new technologies and business models sweeping through transportation, and major governmental investments being considered. The focus of this conference is on national policy, but with links to international and state/local policymaking. Key topics include energy (electrification, hydrogen, and biofuels); new mobility and transit; freight; and cities (as it relates to national policy toward land use, climate, and social justice).

Preliminary Schedule

JULY 11, 2023


10:00am – 3:00pm

Electric Vehicle Research Center Deep Dive Meeting (Invitation Only)

11:00am – 3:00pm

3 Revolutions Deep Dive Meeting (Invitation Only)

2:00pm – 5:00pm

STEPS+ ZEV Trucks Deep Dive Meeting (Invitation Only)

2:30pm – 6:00pm

International Efforts - Supply Chain Meeting (Invitation Only)

3:00pm – 6:00pm


4:30pm – 6:00pm

Welcome Reception sponsored by Alliance for Automotive Innovation

6:00pm – 10:00pm

BBQ Dinner & Bonfire

JULY 12, 2023


7:00am – 9:00am


9:00am – 12:00pm

Session 1 & 2: Welcome & Setting the Stage – California, US, EU, and Chinese Leadership

12:00pm – 2:00pm

Lunch (food available from 12 - 1pm only)

2:00pm – 3:15pm

Session 3: Accelerating "Secure" Energy and Battery Investments

3:15pm – 3:45pm


3:45pm – 5:45pm

Session 4: Car and Truck Policy

6:00pm – 7:00pm


7:00pm – 10:30pm

Monterey Bay Aquarium sponsored by Mercedes-Benz

Depart Schedule (3 buses) - Please reference your name badge for departure time

  • 7:00 PM - GROUP 1 Departs from Crocker Hall to Aquarium
  • 7:40 PM - GROUP 2 Departs from Crocker Hall to Aquarium
  • 10:00 PM - GROUP 1 Departs from Aquarium to Crocker Hall
  • 10:30 PM - GROUP 2 Departs from Aquarium to Crocker Hall

JULY 13, 2023


7:00am – 9:00am


9:00am – 10:15am

Session 5: Beyond Cars Expanding Mobility for All

10:15am – 10:45am


11:00am – 12:00pm

Session 6: Low-Carbon Fuels for Planes, Ships, and Legacy Vehicles

12:00pm – 2:00pm

Lunch (food available from 12 - 1 pm)

2:00pm – 4:00pm

Session 7: Vehicle Charging and Hydrogen – Focusing on Trucks

4:00pm – 4:30pm


4:30pm – 6:00pm

Closing Panel

6:00pm – 10:00pm BBQ Dinner and Bonfire


Steering Committee

  • Dan Sperling (Chair), University of California, Davis
  • John Boesel, Calstart
  • Pierpaolo Cazzola, University of California, Davis
  • Giovanni Circella, Ghent University and University of California, Davis
  • Rebecca Dodder, US Environmental Protection Agency
  • Anthony EggertClimateWorks Foundation
  • Dawn FentonVolvo Group North America
  • Mark Finley, Rice University
  • Lew FultonUniversity of California, Davis
  • Katherine Garcia, Sierra Club
  • David GreeneUniversity of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Susan Handy, University of California, Davis
  • Marianne HatzopoulouUniversity of Toronto, TRB chair of AQ/Climate Committee
  • Tim LipmanUniversity of California, Berkeley
  • Britney McCoyUS Environmental Protection Agency
  • Patty MonahanCalifornia Energy Commission
  • Rachael NealerUS Department of Energy, TRB chair of Alternative Fuels Committee
  • Nick NigroAtlas Public Policy
  • Julia Rege, Mercedes-Benz
  • Thiemo SchalkBMW
  • Gil TalUniversity of California, Davis
  • Terry Travis, EVNoire
  • Sean Waters, Daimler Truck
  • Christoph Wolff, Smart Freight Centre; ITS-Davis European Transport and Energy Research Centre


If your organization would like to become a sponsor of Asilomar 2023, contact Tori Yashinski at vsyashinski@ucdavis.edu.

Cypress Level

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Aramco logo
Honda logo
California Air Resources Board logo




Otter Level

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EPA logo
Cummins logo
Ford logo
Caltrans logo
Heising Simons logo
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Air Liquide logo
Bay Area Air Quality Management District logo




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Climateworks logo
Mercedes Benz Research and Development Logo
Alliance for Automotive Innovation logo
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Amazon logo


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