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Roland Hwang, Transportation Program Director, San Francisco

Roland Hwang
I'm the Transportation Program Director for NRDC's energy program, working on transportation energy and global warming issues at the state and national levels. I'm based in San Francisco. Before I came to NRDC, I was the director of the Transportation Program for the Union of Concerned Scientists in the Berkeley office. I've also worked on energy forecasting models at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and as an air pollution engineer at the California Air Resources Board. I'm a mechanical engineer by training, with a master's degrees in mechanical engineering and public policy from the University of California.

Recent Posts

Why We Didn't Vote for the VW Jetta for Green Car Award

Posted October 2, 2015 by Roland Hwang

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In 2008, NRDC was on the jury for the "Green Car of the Year Award". As noted in a recent New York Times op-ed, the award that year was given to - you guessed it - the model year 2009...continued

What We've Learned from the VW Diesel Scandal

Posted September 29, 2015 by Roland Hwang

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The VW diesel scandal has taught us some hard lessons. First, it's very, very hard to catch sophisticated, deliberate cheating. Second, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) can't do its job with one hand tied behind its back and blindfolded. EPA...continued

National Research Council Study Shows 2025 Fuel Economy Standards on Course

Posted June 18, 2015 by Roland Hwang

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A new National Research Council (NRC) study on fuel economy released today is a good, early indication that automakers can meet 2025 clean car standards on time, using known technologies, and at reasonable cost. [1] The dramatic reductions from the...continued

New National Research Council Study Delivers Roadmap to Put Electric Cars into Fast Lane

Posted April 22, 2015 by Roland Hwang

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Our country faces the important challenges of overcoming our oil dependency and cutting carbon pollution. Fortunately, as confirmed by a new National Research Council (of the National Academies of Science) study which I was a committee member, electric cars can...continued

Obama's Call for Clean Energy Can Move America Forward

Posted January 23, 2015 by Roland Hwang

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This post was co-authored by my colleague Kit Kennedy and is also posted on her blog In this week's State of the Union address, President Obama cited the importance of clean energy in strengthening our economy here at home, making...continued

DOE Reboot of Auto Loans Will Deliver Cleaner Cars, Faster, Cheaper

Posted April 2, 2014 by Roland Hwang

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Clean energy got a boost today when Secretary Ernest Moniz announced the Department of Energy will jumpstart its stalled auto retooling loan program. This is good news for drivers who want cleaner cars, faster and cheaper. A successful restart of the...continued

Clearing the Air on Electric Cars and Pollution

Posted January 24, 2014 by Roland Hwang

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A new study from North Carolina State purportedly shows that electric vehicles won’t reduce pollution in the long term.  A closer look at detailed results reveals that the study actually shows the opposite: that higher electric vehicle adoption can significantly...continued

Charge Ahead California Aims to Put Million Electric Vehicles on Road

Posted November 14, 2013 by Roland Hwang

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Switching to electricity to fuel our vehicle fleet is critical to meeting the state’s clean air, climate and energy goals. That's why NRDC is eager to partner with a diverse coalition of community-based, public health, science and conservation groups across...continued

Incentives can Ensure Electric Cars are Affordable for All

Posted September 23, 2013 by Roland Hwang

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By signing AB8 (Perea) and SB359 (Corbett), Governor Brown has a critical opportunity to make electric cars affordable for all, cut air pollution, and boost the economy.  These bills will extend California’s existing, highly successful rebate program for clean cars...continued

Record-Breaking Fuel Efficiency Beats Expectations

Posted September 11, 2013 by Roland Hwang

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With August setting another record for fuel efficiency, the auto industry is ahead of regulator's original expectation for model year 2013. The auto industry is clearly on track to meet the 2016 fuel economy standards and the longer-term, 2025 target...continued

Record Sales of Electric Cars Drives Revival of Loan Program

Posted September 6, 2013 by Roland Hwang

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With sales of electric and other fuel-efficient cars hitting new highs in the U.S., the timing for DOE to restart its auto retooling program couldn’t be better. Electric vehicle sales in the U.S. hit a new high of 11,361 units, and average fuel efficiency for...continued

GM Boosts 2014 Malibu Fuel Efficiency at Low Cost

Posted August 29, 2013 by Roland Hwang

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Turns out big boosts in fuel economy at low cost are possible after all. For just a $160 price increase, GM is boosting the fuel economy of its 2014 midsize car, the Chevy Malibu, by 12%.  At 29 mpg, this 3...continued

Electric Cars Rising in the South

Posted August 28, 2013 by Roland Hwang

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With climate changed-fueled wildfires raging in the West, the cost of unabated climate change is becoming increasingly clear. To avoid even worse outcomes, we need to move to clean energy, not just California but across the rest of the US. That's...continued

With Fisker Hearing, House Majority Continues Their War on Clean Energy

Posted April 25, 2013 by Roland Hwang

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While the Wednesday House oversight hearing on Fisker’s failure is ostensibly about whether DOE should have pulled the plug on the loans earlier, it is really about continuation of the House majority’s War on Clean Energy.  Because there is broad...continued

Oil Industry's Slippery Accounting Includes Windfall Profits for Cleaner Gasoline

Posted April 22, 2013 by Roland Hwang

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It’s not a surprise that EPA and the oil industry disagree about the cost of cleaning up gasoline to meet proposed “Tier 3” low sulfur standards. EPA estimates less than a penny a gallon but the oil industry claims 6...continued


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