Saturday, April 4, 2009

Renewably Powered Transportation

Sherry Boschert, author of Plug-in Hybrids: The Cars that Will Recharge America, talks about the benefits of plug-in transportation. It is cleaner, cheaper, and domestic (no war required), she explains. How did Sherry become a Plug-in advocate? After installing solar panels, she started looking for ways to use this great clean, renewable power she was generating; her answer, rather than storing it in stationary batteries, put it in the mobile batteries of an electric car.

This talk is now nearly a year old, so a couple of the references are dated, but all of the ideas are still relevant. 

"Plug-in Hybrids is a must-read. If you are concerned about the environment, national security, or high gas prices, there is a solution and it's contained in this book. But this isn't simply a book about cars, it's a book about our future. And our future started to look brighter with every page I turned. I was riveted."

- Alexandra Paul, EV driver



  1. To me, the future seems a bit right around the corner :) What I mean is the vision is having automobiles transition into an electric powered motor on most of the cars on planet seems quite plausible and really feasible in the near future. But, then again we have So many cars on the road as it already is these days, what will we do with every other Gas powered vehicle? Dispose of it? Use its parts? What is there to do with it? Also, my personal question that I've been asking myself is don't we want this movement to take place a.s.a.p. since it will sincerely help our environment or is it simply a matter of Gas companies paying for the electric powered motor to delay its expansion to the automotive industry since the electric alternative is by far greater than our expensive non-eco friendly gasoline.

  2. Dr. Andy Grove has written and talked about this topic. Once plug-in cars come out, it will take about 12 years for significant chunk of the World's fleet to change over. Next time you are on the road, take a look around and see how many vehicles are over 12 years old. Unless you are at a classic car show, it is not too many.

    He (and others) suggest that we accelerate the change over by converting vehicles to plug-in hybrids.

    California and other places, have "cash for clunkers" programs that pay people to trade in old cars and get incentives that they can use to buy a new fuel efficient vehicle. The old cars are removed from the road and recycled.

    This last one can improve the average gas mileage and it might be the thing that Detroit needs today to get more people buying cars (at the cost of more government spending).


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