“Just a great video from CBS that covers the high and low end of electric cars. There’s tremendous promise that these vehicles will help us achieve (sustainable) energy independence,” sustainable products, and sustainable design, helping the environment and society at the same time. The video also presents the most challenging part of the sustainable technology.. the battery.  Originally brought to my attention by dougschi on DIGG.

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It is important to note that sustainable electric car technology is not imaginary: it is real, as shown in the video from CBS news. See also Phoenix electric motor cars.

Coupling electric cars with solar panels allows very green, sustainable transportation to be possible, today. However, important changes in the power grid are needed to reap the full benefits of solar panels or other types of distributed, renewable energy sources. Car batteries and individual’s solar panels can help power individual homes and the electrical grid, especially if proper credit is given for this contribution to our electrical power systems. We don’t need to wait, as a nation, to implement many of these changes, though the participation by individuals and companies will be largely dependent on financial issues, including much-needed, significant Federal tax rebates for use of renewable energy and electric cars.

© James K. Bashkin, 2008

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  1. Hello Sir/Mam,
    I was directed to your blog by a friend of mine and I was wondering if you would be able to post about an issue that has a social & environmental concern. It has been 23 years since the Bhopal gas tragedy in India, but there has been no justice nor a just compensation to the Bhopalis. The Indian govt has not provided clean drinking water or Union Carbide (now owned by Dow Chemical) has not cleaned up the sire.
    The Bhopalis are marching to New Delhi to demand justice from the Prime Minister of India. And I am wondering if you could post something about this and get people to send fax to PM of India. http://www.boston4bhopal.org/write_fax.php

    Please email me and I can send you resources to post the blog. Or you can pull information off of http://www.bhopal.net.

    Please let me know. I could not find an email address anywhere so I am posting this as a comment to this post/

    Thanks
    Prakash

  2. Energy Independence Now!

    No more Oil Wars!

    Stop funding the terrorists!

    Drill in Anwar.

    Build more nuclear power plants

    Use More coal.

    Use more natural gas

    Turn trash into energy

    Double the efficiency of windmills and solar cells.

    If France can do nuclear power so can we.

    If Brazil can do biomass/ethanol power so can we.

    If Australia can do LNG power so can we.

    Domestically produced energy will end recession and spur the economy.

  3. I’ll agree with you strongly on some of these points, and strongly disagree on others. I’m all for domestically-produced energy, I just was to keep our environment safe and healthy while producing that energy.

    I suggest we develop an energy program that doesn’t destroy our environment. If Germany can do it, so can we, to coin a phrase (see the last few paragraphs in my post on Clean Technology from Feb 21 for links and discussion of exactly what Germany is doing, especially with solar energy).

    The Brazilians are ruining the rain forest and displacing many people from their homes with biofuel production and other related agricultural programs. They are also murdering environmental activists and spokesmen for indigenous people who are losing their land. In addition, air pollution from ethanol is in many ways just as bad as that from gasoline, if not worse. This is not a recipe that we want to follow.

    In order for “France to do nuclear”, they have to send out the army to suppress the will of the people (who don’t want nuclear waste passing through their backyards, etc.). I wonder how the country would respond to these tactics in the US, because, in the US, (practically) nobody willingly allows nuclear waste to be transported through or stored in his or her town, city or State. We all want it to be someone else’s problem. It is better to avoid the problem completely.

    See my articles and links on solar energy, new solar panels that are more efficient tan coal, other sustainable energy programs, electric cars, and the distributed electrical grid.

  4. We do not have enough power in the grid to charge the batteries of a million E.V.s. Now would be a good time to start building more generation capacity. The motorcars are here but we have no juice for them!

  5. Dear Just:

    The most common solution being proposed, at least for much of the US and the world, is coupling solar and/or wind power with electric cars. The latest from London is that people can plug in for free all day long to charge electric cars. This story is on Hugg.com and elsewhere; see here, for example: http://www.autobloggreen.com/2006/12/07/london-unveils-first-two-free-electric-car-chargers/

    Sam Carana is someone who has written a lot of very reasonable and helpful articles on this subject. His articles, not all of which are on the environment, are collected at http://www.gather.com/viewArticles.jsp?memberId=217467&nav=Namespace They also detail the history of the electric car and the way that Chevron and car companies have lobbied hard in Washington for a long time to keep these as curiosities.

    Thanks for your comments!

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