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May 23, 2011

A Transportation Success Story (Video)


RMI’s Project Get Ready is focused on preparing cities around the country for the arrival and growth of the electric vehicle (EV) industry.  Watch Ben Holland, PGR project manager, explain more about the way PGR convenes everyone from government leaders to electrical contractors in cities around the country to tackle some of the thorny questions around EV infrastructure, such as:

  • What incentives do we need to put in place to encourage adoption of these vehicles?
  • What are the steps a city needs to take to get ready for the arrival of EVs on the roads?
  • How do you streamline the permitting process for home and public EV charging station installations?
  • What is the cost of EV infrastructure for cities?
  • What are the insurance and liability issues that come with installing EV infrastructure in our cities?

Transportation Success Story: Project Get Ready

To learn  how cities are answering these questions, see the  PGR website



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May 30, 2011

I've got a huge what-if question about transportation. Given that energy storage, specifically the issues of range, weight and charging time, seems to be the overriding issue with electric vehicles, and given that virtually any place we want to go to by motorized vehicle is a place that needs electricity, what is the potential for integrating our transportation network and our power network?

What I'm envisioning is in the spirit of Factor Ten thinking. Or is this zen? The ultimate storage solution is none. In a similar vein, the ultimate road solution is none - or something minimal like a monorail.

The present system of "free-range" cars, if you will, is largely responsible for some 30,000 U.S. deaths a year. A rail-bound car might be more amenable to the near elimination of car crashes.

Is this or is this not a vision worthy of the most serious consideration? So far, I have not found a good venue to even pose this question. I hope this is suitable.

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