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Lynn Daniels

Lynn Daniels

  • Carbon-Free Mobility

Since joining RMI in 2014, Lynn has been a member of the Mobility team working on a variety of projects, including analysis and research supporting Mobility’s expansion from a vehicle fitness focus to a whole-systems approach. With the selection of Austin as the Mobility Transformation (MTX) initiative’s core city, Lynn managed the Mobility as a Service project, helping develop the project’s emphasis on commuting and employer-based solutions. In 2016, Lynn led the implementation of MTX’s first on-the-ground pilot in Austin, launching a holistic package of commuting benefits shared by multiple Austin employers and negotiating the launch of microtransit provider, Chariot, in its first market outside of San Francisco.

Currently, Lynn co-leads the development of a marketplace platform to streamline and scale MTX outcomes in Austin to other cities.


Prior to joining RMI, Lynn was a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy for 3 years. During his Fellowship, Lynn was a program manager with the Advanced Manufacturing Office, leading the implementation of a multi-agency economic development funding opportunity. Lynn became chief technological advisor to Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, David Danielson.


Ph.D., Physics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (2010)
B.S., Physics, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA (2004), summa cum laude


Boulder, CO

Authored Works

Cost-Effectively Transitioning Fleets to EVs without Disrupting Operations

As fleets purchase more electric vehicles, the most important factor for fleet managers is that the transition to EVs cannot disrupt current operations, as our recent report Steep Climb Ahead found. Given this constraint, as fleet managers navigate the complexities of installing charging infrastructure, they may quickly find that minimizing…


Fleet Owners: For Big Savings, Plan Now for Electrification

Today, most fleets are at an early stage of EV adoption and their approach is incremental, e.g. buy a few vehicles and a few chargers each year. In our recently-released report Steep Climb Ahead, we recommend that fleet managers instead develop a long-term plan that incorporates how many vehicles…


Electrifying Fleets: From Pilot to Full Scale

Fleet electrification at pilot scale is relatively simple: buy a vehicle, buy an inexpensive Level 2 charger, and you’re done. But as fleet managers start electrifying a large share of their fleet vehicles, a more difficult set of challenges awaits and they will need to begin planning now. Next week,…


Mapping Incentives to Change

The costs of commuting are widespread, City leaders, transportation planners, and companies are looking to implement commuting solutions to ensure employees are happy and healthy, while simultaneously saving cities and companies money and helping the planet.  Behavioral economics is an underutilized tool…


Transforming Commuting from Burden to Benefit

We all have places where we go to get away to reduce stress—but what are we trying to get away from?Surveys show that our everyday commute is a top contributor. Americans aren’t likely to change commuting behavior unless better alternatives come along. Fortunately, better alternatives exist. We at Rocky Mountain Institute—partnering with Movability Austin and Capital Metro—recently launched our first integrated commuting solution project in Austin, Texas.