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David Friedman

David Friedman is the Deputy Director of the Clean Vehicles Program and is the author or co-author of more than 30 technical papers and reports on advancements in conventional, fuel cell, and hybrid electric vehicles, with an emphasis on clean and efficient technologies. His work includes: Climate 2030: A National Blueprint for a Clean Energy Economy, A New Road: The Technology and Potential of Hybrid Vehicles; Building a Better SUV: A Blueprint for Saving Lives, Money, and Gasoline; and Drilling in Detroit: Tapping Automaker Ingenuity to Build Safe and Efficient Automobiles. He is currently a member of the Committee on the Assessment of Technologies for Improving Light-Duty Vehicle Fuel Economy with the National Academies Board on Energy and Environmental Systems. In 2008, Washingtonian magazine profiled him as one of "30 people changing the environment in Washington."

Before joining UCS, Friedman worked for the University of California-Davis in the Fuel Cell Vehicle Modeling Program, developing simulation tools to evaluate fuel cell technology for automotive applications. At UC Davis, he also worked on the UC Davis Future Car Team to build a hybrid electric family car that doubled its fuel economy. He previously worked at the Arthur D. Little management consulting firm researching fuel cell, battery electric, and hybrid electric vehicle technologies, as well as photovoltaics.

Mr. Friedman earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and is currently finishing his doctoral dissertation on transportation technology and policy at UC Davis.


Cooler Smarter

Cooler Smarter

Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living

How can each of us live Cooler Smarter? While the routine decisions that shape our days—what to have for dinner, where to shop, how to get to work—may seem small, collectively they have a big effect on global warming. But which changes in our lifestyles might make the biggest difference to the climate?

Climate 2030

National Blueprint for a Clean Energy Economy

Climate 2030: A National Blueprint for a Clean Energy Economy is a peer-reviewed analysis of the economic and technological potential for a comprehensive suite of climate, energy, and transportation solutions and policies to greatly reduce U.S. global warming emissions and help get us on a path to avoiding some of the worst impacts of climate change. The results demonstrate that meeting stringent near- and medium-term emissions caps in the United States is feasible and can be done cost-effectively. This analysis is an important contribution to the U.S.