Dr. Williams is the EV & Alt. Fuel Initiative Director at the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation and an Assistant Adjunct Professor of Public Policy. At UCLA Luskin he is engaged in regional plug-in-electric-vehicle (PEV) readiness planning, assessing the challenges of charging at workplaces and in multi-unit dwellings, tracking PEV sales and expected supply, and comparing vehicle-to-grid (V2G) and repurposed PEV battery-to-grid (B2G) approaches to providing grid-support, energy-storage services.
Most recently a senior EV and energy researcher at UC Berkeley, he 1) explored electric-fuel implementation with the California Energy Commission, 2) analyzed the energy and GHG impacts of real-world, household use of plug-in and fuel-cell vehicles with Toyota, and 3) investigated PEV battery secondary use.
He received a Ph.D. in Transportation Technology & Policy from UC Davis exploring early market development for plug-in/plug-out hybrid and fuel-cell vehicles and vehicle-to-grid power. While at UC Davis, he taught graduate and undergraduate courses, earned a business-development certificate from the Graduate School of Management, worked for Ford, and received NSF IGERT, DOE GATE, UC Transportation Center, and Eno Foundation fellowships.
Previously, he was a senior analyst for Amory Lovins at the Rocky Mountain Institute, a nonprofit think-tank. There he helped spin off Hypercar, Inc. (now Fiberforge), consulted for automotive and energy firms, and joined the delegation to the 1999 G8 Environmental Futures Summit.
His blog can be viewed here .