<!––>SB 535 will allow up to 40,000 new HOV plug-in hybrid access stickers to be issued prior to 31 December 2014. In order to be eligible for PHEV HOV access under SB 535, vehicles must meet the California Air Resources Board’s Enhanced AT-PZEV standard.
This bill is good public policy because it creates a very strong incentive for the next generation of plug-in vehicles and will encourage more California drivers to plug in and reduce oil consumption.—Jay Friedland, Legislative Director of Plug In America
Shipping company UPS has started a 90-day demonstration of a electric walk-in van from California firm Electric Vehicles International.
The company signed a memorandum of understanding with the State of Hawaii last week, committing itself to build a facility that would make 10,000 two-seater electric vehicles a year. The new plant is also expected to assemble electric buses and four-seater electric vehicles.
As many as two in every five American consumers would be keen to test drive an electric vehicle, according to the Consumer Electronics Association.
The consumer electronics trade body has published a study suggesting that the environmental benefits and potential cost savings of electric cars are proving attractive to consumers.
An advisory group has delivered a series of recommendations to Governor M Jodi Rell for policy measures that might help to attract electric car ownership and encourage electric vehicle manufacturers and dealers to set up in the state.
The Governor’s Electric Vehicles Infrastructure Council has called for incentives to support the purchase of electric vehicle and public-private partnerships to develop recharging infrastructure.
Quote of the Day from David Suzuki in the Georgia Strait:
Technological developments [such as electric cars etc.] are welcome, but maybe it’s time we started rethinking our car culture as whole. The average car in North America carries 1.5 people, which means that most cars on the road only have a driver in them. Is it really efficient to use more than 1,000 kilograms of metal to transport 100 kilograms of human?
David Suzuki at West coast Green
And, as an article on The Mark News argues: “Requiring about 90 square metres for home storage, 90 square metres for storage at destination, 180 square metres while traveling and another 60 square metres for repairs, servicing, or sale, an automobile occupies more than 400 square metres altogether – more space than most apartments.”
We take our cars for granted, but really, they haven’t been a part of our human culture for that long, and they needn’t be an essential part forever.
The norster 600r is a Finnish designed mid engine car that has a compact size that actually puts it into the category of a heavy quad.
The car is a throwback to old english cars such as austin-healey’s sprite. The unique styling is perhaps one of the car’s most unusual features, especially with the vertical opening doors.
The car has a 580cc two-cylinder engine with only 20 horsepower and 36.8 pound-feet of torque. While this puts a barrier to the car driving at very high speeds, it permits a very efficient driving around to 50 miles with only one gallon of gas.