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December 6th, 2011NEW YORK -
Electric vehicles are one of the sexiest new entrants to the clean technology space, highlighted by interesting initiatives such as EVroadside assistance developed by AAA and Green Charge Networks, all-electric commercial fleet vehicles by Smith Electric Vehicles, and of course battery swapping by Better Place. But what I found most intriguing at last week’s “EVs in NYC” event (watch the video online) hosted by SolarOne was a sidenote by Anatol Feygin of Loews Corporation.
“The first few phases of adoption are going to be relatively simple. The EV industry is trying too hard to address issues of range anxiety and others that the early adopters will be relatively comfortable with. There will be people who are early adopters of other technologies who are comfortable with those initial hiccups.”
Anatol reminds us that it’s essential that these companies optimize their marketing resources and target the audience that will be most likely to purchase electric vehicles regardless of their existing limitations.
Let’s consider the history of hybrid electric vehicle sales as a proxy for the growing electric vehicle market. Read past the break for the full story and join the Green Light Distrikt Facebook group for updates on new events, blog posts and more. + Continue Reading
October 21st, 2011NEW YORK -
Ethanol is so five years ago. 2011 is the year of electric cars and shale gas. Or is it? Considering the following:
- Since 2004, U.S. ethanol consumption has grown four-fold, while gasoline consumption has been flat.
- Driven to cut the national deficit, politicians are increasingly advocating for the reduction or elimination of government supports for ethanol. Two such House bills were introduced earlier this month.
- The Obama Administration supports both the ethanol mandate and increased fuel economy. Since ethanol delivers fewer miles per gallon than gasoline, this will lead to an inevitable clash between the Administration’s energy and economic priorities.
- “High energy prices contribute to high food prices by making food production more expensive and encourages more people to use grains like corn to make ethanol, which also drives up corn prices” (Slate).
So even though ethanol isn’t the sexiest energy story of 2011, it’s incredibly relevant to the politics of energy, food and global trade. Read past the break for the full story and join the Green Light Distrikt Facebook group for updates on new events, blog posts and more.
January 25th, 2011BOSTON -
Perhaps because I live in the suburbs and share one car (by choice) with my husband I notice it more acutely; cars left in driveways, parking lots and meters for days. Since I work from home, live within walking distance to public transportation and bike whenever possible I’m able to remain fairly mobile. Truth be told, I also need to be creative and have on occasion borrowed my neighbor’s car. My situation is advantageous, I know that there are many living in the Midwest with no access to public transportation and poorly developed pedestrian infrastructure. While living in a society where we drive to the gym – borrowing someone else’s vehicle must seem preposterous. What can I say; I like to live on the edge!
Others are also taking note of our car-centric culture. Anne Lutz Fernandez a former corporate executive turned car culture critic (whom I had the pleasure to interview for this post), along with her sister, anthropologist Catherine Lutz co-wrote Carjacked: The Culture of the Automobile and Its Effect on Our Lives, to explore our hidden relationship with the car. Ann explains, “The automotive industry spends more on advertising than any other sector. This investment has resulted in a remarkably successful effort to convince Americans to buy cars more often than we need to; to buy more car (in horsepower, size, weight, and gadgetry) than we need to. In 2003, the number of vehicles in the national fleet surpassed the number of Americans with a driver’s license for the first time. Today, more than 250 million cars, trucks, SUVs, and motorcycles ply the roads as nine out of ten U.S. households own a car and most now own more than one. In the 1960’s, just 20 percent of households owned a second car; now over 65 percent do. Because sharing cars even within our own families has become anathema, at the same time that cars have grown larger, the number of people in them has declined; the average occupancy rate is 1.6 people per car.” At nearly 7B people, we would probably need to pave Earth’s entire surface to accommodate for such a demand on a global level.
August 30th, 2010BOSTON -
If you think ZipCar is cool, they have nothing on RelayRides. Some businesses just make sense, and when you hear about them you think ‘DUHHH’ obviously, ’Why doesn’t this already exist?’ or ’Why hasn’t anyone done this before?’ RelayRides is this concept.
RelayRides is hot, there’s no question about that, and for this they’ve been getting a lot of good press around Boston and the country from BostInnovation, Cambridge Day, Xconomy, and Mother Nature Network.
I enjoyed Scott Kirsner’s review of his experience using RelayRides for the first time, Driving Thy Neighbors
Car: My Experience with RelayRides. However, I absolutely, completely, 100% disagree with his conclusion about RelayRides and ZipCar. First, let me state that I’m not trying to start an argument, I just don’t want potential ‘RelayRiders’ to be scared away from the service due to his review. Mr. Kirsner stated he prefers ZipCar for two reasons: convenience and confidence. Here’s the thing: RelayRides is in beta release. Thus, they are still working out the kinks, only have a small number of cars on the road, etc. However, with their business model, there is no question they will be much more convenient then ZipCar, because the cars can be everywhere and anywhere. In terms of confidence, as more RelayRide users start renting their cars, competition will increase between renters. Thus, renters will be heavily incentivized (being able to make up to 7k per year!) to make sure that their cars are in tip top shape.