Category Archives: Transportation

San Diego Auto Show

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1There is said to have been a record attendance at the San Diego International Auto Show, held December 27-30, 2012,  in the Convention Center. There were more than four hundred 2013 models, including a sizeable number of hybrid and electric vehicles,  “star cars” known from movies or tv and a number of “home made” electric vehicles (which had been gas powered, until their owners replaced the engine).
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Driving on 100% Sunshine

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Peder Norby’s interest in renewable energy goes back to his wind powered home in Denmark. Even then, Peder knew that someday he would drive an electric vehicle. In 2005, he and Julie built a 4,600 square house, overlooking the Agua Hedionda Lagoon in Carlsbad. Peder wanted a cheaper form of transportation, powered by sunshine. Julie was more concerned that it be dependable, comfortable and fun to drive. They installed 21 solar panels on the roof and a year later bought their first EV. Like most first time EV owners, they assumed it would be necessary to hang on to their “gas car.” That proved to be true until 2009, when Peder bought a BMW Mini E. As a County of San Diego Planning Commissioner, he drives all over the county, but found the Mini E was taking care of all his needs. His gas car just sat in the garage. So he sold it.

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When will EV’s become a Serious Alternative?

The ECOreport looks at electric vehicles & America’s growing EV infrastructure:  When will EV’s become a serious alternative?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1An increasing number of Americans now regard Electric Vehicles as their vehicle of choice. Though the total volume of EV sales is still limited, it tripled in 2012  and is expected to be 400,000 vehicles a year by 2020. That was before General Motors threw down the gauntlet, by proclaiming its’ goal to be manufacturing 500,000 EV’s a year by 2015. When will EV’s become a serious alternative?

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