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Life in the Fast Lane – Electric Vehicle Observations

Recently I had the opportunity to use a Nissan Leaf™ for several full days, a much more interesting exercise than a simple test drive. As someone working in the sustainability area, as a co-chair of the California Clean Cars campaign and as a likely car buyer in 2012 (my current vehicle has over 230,000 miles on it) I am very interested in the electric vehicle (EV) market.Nissan’s Leaf™ is among the handful of low emission cars that are presently authorized to carry a Clean Air Vehicle Sticker, entitling a single occupant to use the carpool lanes during rush hours – a very nice side benefit to EV ownership that helped speed my commute this week.My general impression of EV driving is very favorable.
Electric Vehicles Outsold Gasoline Cars – in the 1900s!

Electric Vehicles Outsold Gasoline Cars – in the 1900s!

Not too many people realized that electric cars once outsold gasoline cars in America in 1900. In fact, electric vehicles (EVs) developed then were seen as better performers than gasoline-based cars because they didn’t have the vibration, smell, and noise associated with their gasoline counterpart. Now EVs are considered a niche and Americans’ gas combustion cars consumed about 400 million gallons of gasoline per day in 2006.    Kurt Kwok vice president of corporate marketing at Applied Materials on an electric motorcycle that is sold in certain Best Buy stores in the US.
The Ideal Urban Bus

The Ideal Urban Bus

Recent breakthroughs in battery and drive technology allow electricity to be the perfect power source for urban transit. The electric bus can work the way buses have always worked, only better.