The Edison Awards, recognized as one of the Universes
announced that Elon Musk, CEO and Product Architect of Tesla
the CEO/CTO of Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX),
will be honored
for his continuous contribution to human-centered design,
as well as his
positive influence on creating entirely new market opportunities
inspiring future leaders and innovators worldwide. The Edison
Ceremony is being held on April 29-30, 2014 at the Julia
in San Francisco.
Were does a name like Musk come from? Aka pheromones,
Elon's charismatic intelligence has produced the greatest
car ever made to date, and he attributes it to the greatest
Auto Trend's "Car of the Year" the most important
and distinguished award in America and the world's auto
industry was awarded to
Tesla Motors' Model S.
Does the "S" stand for sexy? I bet it does.
Elon Musk and Company.
Some of the wild life at the 1st Friday Art
Festival Car Show March 2, 2012. Next one will be the first
friday of the month.
Our VP Jon Hallquist the adventurer represented The LVEVA
by showing our Green Electric Fire at the March First Friday
Festival were local artists display and sell their work.
There are food trucks galore. Music with 3 stages and over
12 live bands. Special Art Installations, Live Performance
Paintings. It's the LV community coming together to celebrate
art. To join this "LAS VEGAS WILD LIFE get ready for
next month at 6pm the event is free! http://www.LVEVA.org
to find out were the electric vehicles are call Jon on his
cell phone at 702 277 7544!
President Paul Gaffney in his article "Pain at
the pump" suggested buying electric. Because of
the high price of gas the price of everything from coffee
to underwear will rise.
He said we are not helpless
when gas prices climb. He suggested carpooling using Rapit
Transit and if you are in the market for a new vehicle buy
electric. The use of electricity as a fuel reduces our dependency
on foreign oil and provides a cheaper and cleaner alternative
to gasoline. For
tips on saving gas go to:
Availability: With an ubiquitous electrical
grid already in place, creating a charging infrastructure
for all-electric vehicles and for plug-in vehicles is a
much smaller challenge than delivering a new alternative
fuel over a new network. The US electrical grid already
has the capacity to power the daily commutes of about 73%
of passenger vehicles on the road today without building
any additional power plants.
Most driving happens locally and without
the need for quick charging. In the USA, for example, 78%
of commutes are less than 40 miles (64 km) round-trip. Longer
drives between cities and towns require a network of stations
or another method to extend the range of electric vehicles
beyond the normal daily commute.
Electric vehicles can be charged using any
standard household outlet. Charging stations can be found
and will be needed where there is on-street parking, at
taxi stands, in parking lots (at places of employment, hotels,
airports, shopping centers etc), as well as in driveways
and garages at home.
Emissions: Battery electric vehicles meet
the California Air Resources Board's Zero Emission Vehicle
requirement. Unfortunately, electricity generation is not
pollution-free so EVs do produce an indirect environmental
impact, but are still far cleaner than gasoline-powered
vehicles. Electric vehicles produce zero tailpipe emissions
and up to 97% lower emissions than gasoline vehicles when
electricity comes from clean sources like wind and solar.
Cost:When you compare battery to gasoline power, electricity
wins hands down. A 2007 study by the non-profit Electric
Power Research Institute (EPRI) calculated that powering
a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) would cost the
equivalent of roughly 75 cents per gallon of gasolinea
price not seen at the pump for 30 years.
The calculation was made using an average cost of electricity
of 8.5 cents per kilowatt hour and the estimated distance
the car would travel on one charge, versus a car that gets
25 miles per gallon and is powered by $3 per gallon gasoline.
Change any of those variables and the relative costs change.
For example, substituting a car that gets 50 miles per gallon
doubles the comparative electrical cost (though it still
works out much cheaper than gasoline). On the other hand,
in some areas where wind or hydropower is wasted at nightjust
when the PHEV would be chargingthe utility might drop
the kilowatt hour cost to two to three cents, making the
charge much less costly.
Vehicles/Uses: Todays battery technology gives full-function
electric vehicles ranges of 50120 miles per charge
traveling at highway speeds. The average American drives
about 30 miles per day so using electric vehicles would
enable most Americans to do most of their driving on electricity.
Most gasoline vehicles can be converted
to run on electric power. The gasoline engine and fuel tank
are removed and an electric motor, controller and batteries
The Electric Auto
has new facebook like features
If you haven't been to the Electric Auto Association website
lately like I hadn't you might not know that they have this
whole new social networking thing going on. I found a few
features hard to find if they are available at all you know
how bussy we get with everything. I just would like to congradulate
and thank them for this it is really great and I think it
is just going to get better and better. Now if we could
just get charging stations in all the parking lots and develope
an EV that will win at NASCAR we will have it made.
Element Hotel's world wide chain is
installing electric vehicle charging stations for drivers
of plugin electric vehicles
A worldwide first, the program comes after piloting a charging
station at Starwood-owned Element Lexington early last year
which proved to be a hit with guests and locals alike. Element
Hotels is Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.'s
new eco-chic brand. They announced
last year their goal to complete installations of electric
vehicle charging stations at all of their properties by 2010.
travelers will be able to locate charging stations and
determine whether they are in use or unoccupied by using
Google(TM) Maps,. Furthering Element's commitment to cleaner,
greener travel, non-guests will also have access to the
"At Element, we aim to provide greener options for
our guests, and the charging stations are a perfect next
step," the hotel company's Senior Vice President Brian
McGuinness, said "Even guests who don't yet drive electric
cars tell us that the charging stations are encouraging
them to think about more sustainable alternatives, and that's
The ChargePoint(R) Networked Charging Station was developed
by California innovator Coulomb Technologies. The devices
are equipped with a universal plug-in for all kinds of electric
vehicles, from cars and buses to electric bikes. Plug-in
hybrid cars, expected to roll out over the next few years,
are also compatible. To use the stations, guests will simply
swipe a key fob, plug in, and charge up. Guests who pull
up in electric or hybrid cars will also get VIP green carpet
treatment with "Hybrid Preferred" parking spots
closest to Element hotels' front doors.
Congratulations to FIU professor Dr. Philip
Stoddard, voted in as South Miamis
new mayor Feb. 9, 2010
Mayor Stoddard drives an EV converted by Steve Clunn.
The biology professor and anti-nuclear activist entered
the election just hours before filing closed.
He defeated incumbent Mayor Horace Feliu with 58 percent
of the vote.
Feliu, who endorsed two new nuclear power plants 20 miles
away from South Miami, has been accused of accepting campaign
funding from FPL executives.
Stoddard told The Miami Herald that he did not have political
ambitions, but he threw his hat in the ring for all
An electric bus powered by Arotechs Electric Fuel
zinc air technology. Coupled with a pack of advanced ultra
capacitors and an energy management system, the hybrid all
electric bus has zero tailpipe emissions. An urban transit
fleet based the Electric Fuel bus will not only improve
the quality of the air it will also help national
security by reducing the dependence on imported fuel.
In recent tests the bus traveled 130-145 miles under typical
city bus driving conditions, including stop and go, acceleration
and constant speed. The average normal full day cycle for
New York City buses is less than 90 miles. The Company believes
that all-electric buses utilizing Electric Fuel's Co. Zinc-Air
technology have sufficient range to offer a practical alternative
to diesel-powered buses.
Advanced Power and Energy Sources Transportation (APET) in
Hong Kong. According to them, the Salamander and the cordless
EV are about to step out of myth and into reality.
APETs revolution centres upon how zinc air batteries
can power EVs. The technology is proven on the small scale:
hearing aid battery adverts dominate any Google search for
zinc air battery.
Furthermore, as zinc air batteries need only zinc, air
and water to produce electricity they are likely the most
environmentally friendly ones around.
However, upscaling the technology from a
hearing aid to a car has always been a problem. Until now.
A Swiss company
ReVolt, of Staefa, says it has developed rechargeable zinc-air
batteries that can store three times the energy of lithium
ion batteries, by volume, while costing only half as much.
In the late 1980s
they were considered one of the most promising battery technologies
because of their high theoretical energy-storage capacity,
says Gary Henriksen, manager of the electrochemical energy
storage department at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois.
The battery chemistry is also relatively safe because it doesn't
require volatile materials, so zinc-air batteries are not
prone to catching fire like lithium-ion batteries.
They are starting
to develop large-format batteries for electric vehicles. The
battery design is based on technology developed at SINTEF,
a research institute in Trondheim, Norway. ReVolt was founded
to bring it to market and so far has raised 24 million euros
in investment. James McDougall, the company's CEO, says that
the technology overcomes the main problem with zinc-air rechargeable
batteries--that they typically stop working after relatively
few charges. If the technology can be scaled up, zinc-air
batteries could make electric vehicles more practical by lowering
their costs and increasing their range. Unlike conventional
batteries, which contain all the reactants needed to generate
electricity, zinc-air batteries rely on oxygen from the atmosphere
to generate current.
These batteries resemble
fuel cells, with a zinc slurry forming a liquid zinc electrode,
and a series of tubes forming the air electrode. Electricity
is generated by pumping the slurry through the tubes, where
it is oxidized and releases electrons. The resultant zinc
oxide is stored in another compartment and flows back through
the tubes when the battery is recharging. This releases oxygen,
and the zinc oxide reverts to zinc.
Since the slurry can be in greater volume than the air
electrode, the energy density is increased and more electricity
is produced. McDougall expects the batteries to last much
longer too, for up to 10,000 discharge/recharge cycles.
The battery could also be repaired, by replacing failed
parts such as the air electrode.
A product designed by:
Bob Anderson, Herb Ault, and
Aaron Hammel has been awarded
the prestigious Engineering Emmy Award.
The chassis, suspension, and electric propulsion systems were
initially conceptualized and engineered by:
Bob Anderson, followed by additional tuning and
mechanical engineering to create an optimized and versitile
platform for moving camera shots by the three man team. The
high performance electric drive system is virtually silent
and provides opportunities for incredible and dramatic long
takes at speeds over 40 MPH or at a crawl, with no need for
the dolly tracking and multiple, short shots.
This electric camera car has been used in a number of major
motion pictures such as SPIDERMAN II (Columbia Pic.), CONSTANTINE
(Warner Bros.), KICKING & SCREAMING/Universal Pics and
The AVIATOR just to name a few as well as television shows
such as JAG/Paramount, WANTED/Warner Brothers just to name
a few of those and not to mention a number of commercials.
Oh yeah! and it is really great for filming wild life.
Friday July 3 2009 Electric Blue Motors of Flagstaff AZ was
robbed in what we believe to be one of the largest EV targeted
robberies to date.
I've attached a pdf file
detailing the robbery. The thieves escaped with over $30,000
worth of batteries, components, computers and tools. The thieves
knew exactly what they were doing they even knew how to take
apart an EV and
strip out its parts. They did all of this in what we believe
to be just a
couple of hours, so obviously there were multiple members
of this robbery.
For anyone who's had to lug around batteries and motors you
know how heavy
and difficult it can be to move these components.
Were asking everyone that receiving this to please print
out a copy of this
attachment and take it to your EAA meeting and discus this
new threat to the
EV industry. Obviously if you believe that you know the
for this crime we suggest that you contact your local law
is a substantial reward for anyone helping in the recovery
of our stolen items.
Due to the nature of the robbery our insurance will not
cover any of the
stolen items, most of these items were bought by our customers
and we are
now responsible for replacing all of them.If you have the
ability to post this file on your web site or any
publication that would be greatly appreciated, the more
publicity on this
issue the better.
We did not have a security system in place so it was easy
for these thieves
to walk in and out with no interruption, if you carry a
large amount of
inventory as we did we suggest that you get a security system
Together lets make this the last EV targeted robbery.
Grassroots Electric Vehicles is a certified dealer of Electric
The Pump and on the Grid
Mark Thorn in East Bloomfield and Mike Young in Newark drive
reconditioned electric vehicles, calling them the most efficient
cars on the road today.
Passing over new hybrid cars and expensive electric-only cars
such as the Tesla sports car, Young and Thorn drive used electrics.
The motors in these cars last over a million miles,
Young said. He finds dead 90s-vintage electric cars
and trucks like Fords Ranger and the Chevy S-10, changes
out exhausted batteries, and puts them back on the road, said
Young, a school bus driver in Newark by day.
When it comes to an all-battery-powered electric car,
most people still just laugh. They are skeptical, he
said. But, he noted, Average Americans drive about 26
miles a day, well inside the range of an electric car.
Older electric vehicles, or EVs for short, can be perfect
second vehicles. But the distance between some Thruway service
areas is enough to park an old EV on the shoulder with dead
batteries and many such cars cant hold the 65 mph Thruway
speed limit. Newer EVs, like the Mini-E and Tesla, have no
problem keeping up.
To charge his car, Thorn has a 10-kilowatt wind generator
at his home. The windmill, which is tied to the grid so
he can sell extra power or draw it on still days, cost him
$28,000. Young has grid-tied rooftop photovoltaic panels
that cost $23,000 to install. They each pay just $20 a month
to stay connected to the grid, run their houses and charge
electric cars. Without an alternative power system, you
can still charge an electric car at home, but expect to
see an additional $30 a month on your electric bill.
Thorn recently settled in with his first electric vehicle,
a 1986 electric blue Nissan 300ZX with a 30-mile range.
It has nearly a ton of lead-acid batteries under the hood
and in what was once the back seat. After buying his windmill
last year, Thorn had excess power. He shopped the Internet
and found the $12,000 sports coupe from Florida EV specialist
Greenshed Conversions and had the car shipped to East Bloomfield.
Driving north with recharging stops would have taken too
long.Thorn commutes over country roads six miles to Constellation
Wines U.S. in Canandaigua from his Brace Road home and runs
local errands in his EV.
When he turns his car key, the Nissan emits a steady frrp,
frrp, frrp noise. The electric hydraulic brake pump,
he explained. The car has no fan belts or accessory drives
driven by an internal combustion engine. Turning onto Brace
Road, Thorns EV behaves normally. But head up a steep
hill, which can triple the load on the batteries, and the
born-again Nissan clings to 40 miles an hour for dear life.
Sometimes at blind country intersections, Thorn rolls the
driver window down and listens for oncoming cars before
crossing. I try to drive it like my Model A Ford,
Going electric Thorn bought his car from Greenshed Conversions,
a one-man shop near Fort Pierce, Fla. For around $20,000,
depending on battery choice, Greenshed will take a vehicle,
remove the gas engine and install the batteries, motor and
electric components needed to go 100 percent electric.
During last summers gas crisis, Greensheds
Steve Clunn could not keep up with demand.
It was crazy. When it finally stopped, it was, Thank
God, I can catch my breath now, said Clunn.
He thinks of an EV conversion as environmentally sound.
Were keeping another (gas) car from being built
by converting. The conversion will be good for another 100,000
miles, he said.
Clunn sold Mark Thorn his Nissan after the first owner
tired of the car. Some cars convert better than others.
The Nissan, while aerodynamic, has a problem: It is
too heavy. But he (Thorn) got a really good deal,
The 54-year-old Clunn began in EVs as a hobbyist and then
quit his job last year to do conversions full time. I
started 14 years ago after the first Gulf War, and that
was my reason seeing overdependence on foreign oil
and wanting to do something. I discovered then that this
whole electric-car movement had been going on for years.
Clunn touches on world politics, backyard wrench-turning,
and high-energy physics all in support of EVs.
Every dollar of gas you buy costs taxpayers another
dollar or more to defend it with the wars we fight to keep
it, another dollar to clean up the environment, and another
dollar in health care to fix the impact on our health,
Clunn usually advises simple, cheap setups in lightweight
cars as daily drivers. This might produce sleepy performance
but results in the lowest driving costs.
Mark Thorn has the cheapest batteries you can get:
six-volt lead-acid ... $2,500 for 26 batteries, he
said. If Thorns car goes 25,000 miles, thats
a dollar per 100 miles, a cost that wont change with
the fortunes of oil.
Newer lithium batteries are one-fifth the weight of lead-acid
and have 10 times the life span.
High-tech lithium cells are the absolute best battery,
highest performance, highest cost, Clunn said.
An EV needs some maintenance. These (battery banks)
are like Christmas tree lights, and as they age its
sometimes hard to keep them going. A major short of some
sort can knock one out.
On the other hand, forget about oil changes, spark plugs
and exhaust or emissions system repair.
Whatever electric parts you choose to juice up your old
wheels, they are likely to be made in the U.S.A., Clunn
The motors are from Illinois. The controllers are
being made in Texas, the batteries are American, he
said. What if every town in America began converting
cars headed to junkyards to electric vehicles instead? What
an idea that is!
Health risks of shipping pollution
have been 'underestimated'
John Vidal, environment editor guardian.co.uk,
Thurs. 9 April 2009
One tanker can emit almost the same amount
of cancer and asthma-causing chemicals as 50m cars, governments
have been underestimating the health risks from shipping
pollution following research which shows that one giant
container ship can emit almost the same amount of cancer
and asthma-causing chemicals as 50m cars. 90,000 cargo
ships travel the world's oceans.
Maritime industry insiders based on engine
size and the quality of fuel typically used by ships and
cars shows that just 15 of the world's biggest ships may
now emit as much pollution as all the world's 760m cars.
Low-grade ship bunker fuel (or fuel oil) has up to 2,000
times the sulphur content of diesel fuel used in US and
Pressure is mounting on the UN's International Maritime
Organisation and the EU to tighten laws governing ship
emissions following the decision by the US government
last week to impose a strict 230-mile buffer zone along
the entire US coast, a move that is expected to be followed
The setting up of a low emission shipping zone follows
US academic research which showed that pollution from the
world's 90,000 cargo ships leads to 60,000 deaths a year
in the US alone and costs up to $330bn per year in health
costs from lung and heart diseases. The US Environmental
Protection Agency estimates the buffer zone, which could
be in place by next year, will save more than 8,000 lives
a year with new air quality standards cutting sulphur in
fuel by 98%, particulate matter by 85% and nitrogen oxide
emissions by 80%.
The new study by the Danish government's environmental
agency adds to this picture. It suggests that shipping emissions
cost the Danish health service almost £5bn a year,
mainly treating cancers and heart problems. A previous study
estimated that 1,000 Danish people die prematurely each
year because of shipping pollution. No comprehensive research
has been carried out on the effects on UK coastal communities,
but the number of deaths is expected to be much higher.
The University of
Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) hosted its annual Earth Day Exhibition
on Wednesday, April 22nd from 9 AM to 1 PM. School children
from surrounding campuses were bused in with their teachers
and parent chaperones to tour the event.Gail Lucas, co-founder
and former President of the Las Vegas Electric Auto Association
(LVEAA),a predecessor to the Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association
(LVEVA), had once again helped organize a display of electric
vehicles as part of the exhibition. Members of the LVEVA who
participated with their time and vehicles for the display
included: Vice-President Lloyd Reece with a 1981 Lectra Motors
Centauri Board of Director member Dan Trujillo with a 1981
Lectra Motors Centauri, Jon Hallquist, Bob MacNamara,
CBS Announced today March 19 2009
After touring the Edison Electric Vehicle Technical Center
in Pomona, California today, President Obama announced an
outlay of $2.4 billion is stimulus funds meant to encourage
the production of next generation plug-in hybrid electric
vehicles and advanced battery components for such vehicles.
I am announcing that the Department of Energy is
launching a $2 billion competitive grant program under the
Recovery Act that will spark the manufacturing of the batteries
and parts that run these cars, build or upgrade the factories
that will produce them, and in the process, create thousands
of jobs right here in America, the president said.
He added that the government is making a $400 million
down-payment on the infrastructure necessary to get these
cars on the road; and because these cars wont leave
the showroom unless consumers buy them, the Recovery Act
includes a new tax credit of $7,500 to encourage Americans
to plug one in at home.
Show us that your idea or your company is best-suited
to meet Americas challenges, and we will give you
a chance to prove it, the president said, adding that
every company that wants a shot at these tax dollars
has to prove their worth.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: It is good to be back in California. Its
always nice to get out of Washington for a little while
and recharge your batteries. You know a little bit about
that here. And I want to thank the folks here at the Electric
Vehicle Technical Center for the tour we just had.
Yesterday, I was in Costa Mesa talking with folks about
this economic downturn were in a downturn thats
hitting this state as much as any. One in ten Californians
are out of work and actively looking for jobs. And the foreclosure
crisis has had a devastating impact on Southern California
in particular. But Californians arent just bearing
the brunt of this crisis youre doing what needs
to be done to overcome it.
This workshop is a perfect example of that. Day by day,
test by test, trial by painstaking trial; the scientists,
engineers, and workers at this site are developing the ideas
and innovations that our future depend upon. It is your
ingenuity that will help create the new jobs and new industries
It isnt easy. There are days, Im sure, when
progress seems fleeting, and days when it feels like youre
making no progress at all. But often, our greatest discoveries
are born not in a flash of brilliance, but in the crucible
of a deliberate effort over time. And often, they take something
more than imagination and dedication alone often
they take an investment from government. Thats how
we sent a man to the moon. Thats how we were able
to launch a world wide web. And its how well
build the clean energy economy thats the key to our
competitiveness in the 21st century.
Well do this because we know that the nation that
leads on energy will be the nation that leads the world
in the 21st century. Thats why, around the world,
nations are racing to lead in these industries of the future.
Germany is leading the world in solar power. Spain generates
almost 30 percent of its power by harnessing the wind, while
we manage less than one percent. And Japan is producing
the batteries that currently power American hybrid cars.
So the problem isnt a lack of technology. Youre
producing the technology right here. The problem is that,
for decades, we have avoided doing what must be done as
a nation to turn challenge into opportunity. As a consequence,
we import more oil today than we did on 9/11. The 1908 Model
T earned better gas mileage than a typical SUV sold in 2008.
And even as our economy has been transformed by new forms
of technology, our electric grid looks largely the same
as it did half a century ago.
So we have a choice to make. We can remain one of the worlds
leading importers of foreign oil, or we can make the investments
that will allow us to become the worlds leading exporter
of renewable energy. We can let climate change continue
to go unchecked, or we can help stem it. We can let the
jobs of tomorrow be created abroad, or we can create those
jobs right here in America and lay the foundation for our
That is what my recovery plan does. It will create or save
3.5 million jobs nearly 400,000 of them right here
in California in part by making investments in areas
critical to our long-term growth.
And that is the forward-thinking purpose of the budget
I have submitted to Congress. Its a budget that makes
hard choices about where to save and where to spend; that
makes overdue investments in education, health care, and
yes, energy investments that will catalyze innovation
and industry, creating green jobs and launching clean, renewable
energy companies right here in California.
In the next three years, we will double this nations
supply of renewable energy. We have also made the largest
investment in basic research funding in American history
an investment that will spur not only new discoveries
in energy, but breakthroughs in science and technology.
We will invest fifteen billion dollars a year to develop
technologies like wind power and solar power; advanced biofuels,
clean coal, and more fuel-efficient cars and trucks that
are built right here in America.
We will soon lay down thousands of miles of power lines
that can carry new energy to cities and towns across this
country. We will put Americans to work making our homes
and buildings more efficient so that we can save billions
of dollars on our energy bills, just like youve done
in California for decades. And we will put one million plug-in
hybrid vehicles on Americas roads by 2015.
Because these cars of tomorrow require the batteries of
tomorrow, I am announcing that the Department of Energy
is launching a $2 billion competitive grant program under
the Recovery Act that will spark the manufacturing of the
batteries and parts that run these cars, build or upgrade
the factories that will produce them, and in the process,
create thousands of jobs right here in America.
Show us that your idea or your company is best-suited to
meet Americas challenges, and we will give you a chance
to prove it. And just because Im here today doesnt
exempt all of you from that challenge every company
that wants a shot at these tax dollars has to prove their
We are also making a $400 million down-payment on the infrastructure
necessary to get these cars on the road; and because these
cars wont leave the showroom unless consumers buy
them, the Recovery Act includes a new tax credit of $7,500
to encourage Americans to plug one in at home.
True to form, California has already forged ahead with
its own plans rather than wait for Washington. Its
fitting that the state home to the first freeway and the
first gas station is already at work devising the next freeway
and the next gas station. This green freeway
youre planning with Oregon and Washington would link
your states with a network of rest stops that allow you
to do more than just grab a cup of coffee; but also charge
your car, refuel it with hydrogen or biofuels, or swap out
a battery in the time it takes to fill a gas tank. Charging
stations have begun to pop up around downtown San Francisco,
and that city has joined with San Jose and Oakland with
the vision of becoming the electric vehicle capital
of the United States.
Here at Southern California Edison, and all across the
country, in factories and laboratories, at the Big Three
and at small startups, these innovations are taking place
right now. In Michigan, and Ohio, and right here in California,
we are seeing exciting developments in this field as hardworking
men and women are already laying the groundwork for this
new industry. Even as our American automakers are undergoing
a painful recalibration, they are retooling and reimagining
themselves into an industry that can compete and win, because
millions of jobs depend on it.
This is the critical work youre doing. But its
just one component of what must be a comprehensive energy
plan. Thats why we are making an $11 billion investment
in upgrading our power grid, so that it can carry renewable
energy from the far-flung places that harness or produce
it to the cities that use it. Thats why we will create
jobs retrofitting millions of homes and cutting energy use
in federal buildings by one quarter, saving the American
taxpayer $1.5 billion each year.
These are challenging times, but we know we can do this.
It wont come without cost, nor will it be easy. Weve
got 240 million cars already on the road. Weve got
to upgrade the worlds largest energy grid while its
already in use. And other countries arent standing
around and waiting for us; they are forging ahead with their
own bold energy plans.
But we have faced tough challenges before. And at our best,
we have never relied on hope and chance alone. Time and
again, we have tapped those great American resources: industriousness
and ingenuity. That, after all, is what California is all
about. This is a state that has always drawn people whove
had their eyes set on the horizon; whove always dreamed
of a future that others thought beyond reach. That is the
spirit that you are reclaiming here at the Electric Vehicle
Test Center, and that is the spirit we need to reclaim all
across this country. Thank you.
Al Gore is President
Obama's second VP and is onboard with his Repower America
organization. you'll find the article and link below and the
youtube video to the left<<
Obama met with Al Gore to discuss global warming and energy
policy. Mr. Obama said he is in agreement with Mr. Gore on
the science of climate change. Mr. Obama, repeated his declaration
that the United States can no longer afford delay or denial
in confronting the climate challenge. "We all believe
what the scientists have been telling us for years now, that
this is a matter of urgency and national security. The Repower
America Initiative is to take aggressive action quickly shifting
America to renewable energy sources investing billions of
dollars to green energy projects that will create jobs and
help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Louis got married at a drive through chapel in Vegas
Electric Vehicles Crystal River, Florida
Electric Vehicles Las Vegas, Nevada
Drive against globalwarming: Solar
taxi in India: click here to watch the video
Louis Palmer is traveling around the world without
His three-wheel taxi with a gearless electric motor runs
on twin 380 volt batteries that allow it to accelerate up
to 90 kilometers per hour. They are charged from solar cells
carried on a trailer. www.solartaxi.com