Our favorite climate de-crocker, Peter Sinclair has now started putting together videos on clean energy solutions:
Plug ins are indeed a core climate (and peak oil) solution. If you want to know more, here’s where to start:
- Plug-in hybrids and electric cars “” a core climate solution
- GM Shows Off Their New 230mpg Chevy Volt
- World’s top energy economist warns peak oil threatens recovery, urges immediate action: “We have to leave oil before oil leaves us.”
- Why electricity is the only alternative fuel that can lead to energy independence
- CMU study suggests GM has wildly oversized the batteries in the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid
- So what is it like to actually drive the Chevy Volt plug in hybrid electric car?
- Does anyone think battery swap out is useful or even needed for electric vehicles?
The one last piece of the puzzle is the possibility of an aftermarket for the batteries. The requirements for a PHEV battery are much more demanding, say, what a utility or renewable energy company might require of a battery for storage of electricity. So after the battery is no longer useful for the car, it still has value.
That’s why it’s entirely possible you won’t actually buy the battery in your car, but merely lease it, which could dramatically lower the first-cost of the car, speeding the transition to PHEVs. I’ll try to do a post on that some time in the not-too-distant future.
For now, kudos to Sinclair for deciding to bring his video skills honed on discussing the climate problem to elaborating on the climate solution.