OF THE ENERGY WEB
Electric Vehicles/Automobiles. The early momentum behind Electric
autos was provided by air pollution concerns. Aided now by technology
upgrades and the hybrid concept, consumers are putting this
technology on the road.
According to Toyota, the hybrid Prius
is said to have attracted a six-page list of entertainment celebrities,
including Cameron Diaz, Jackson Browne, Ted Danson and Jeff Goldblum.
An article in EV world reports that Leonardo DiCaprio has bought Prius
cars for members of his family. Toyota says it has not courted any of
the celebrity buyers nor provided freebies. (Read
the story in EV World)
Not one to miss a good thing, Toyota, with the help of Global Green USA,
provided complimentary chauffeur-driven Toyota Priuses to celebs headed
for the 2003 Oscars. Taking them up on the offer were Cameron Diaz, Susan
Sarandon and Tim Robbins, and Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson drove themselves in their electric Toyota RAV4.
Read the story in
Concept cars include microturbine busses and cars and hydrogen fuel cell
vehicles, which are slatted for production as early as 2004. Royal-Dutch/Shell
is preparing to move to hydrogen as "the fuel of choice" for
the new millennium. While less efficient than gasoline, hydrogen is light
and its primary combustion by-product is water vapor. Ford Motor Company
Chairman William Clay Ford, Jr. plans to sell zero-emission fuel-cell-powered
cars, and Daimler-Chrysler is gearing up to build 100,000 fuel-cell cars
a year. (Earth Island Journal, Winter 2000).
On the sponsored Web site, AC Propulsion,
EV Autos are discussed as a distributed resource "grid-connected
EV." This site refers to the concept
as "V2G." Several academic discussions are linked on the home
page. They are:
Gehl, EPRI. Evolving Energy Delivery Systems Using Distributed Resources
(pdf, 874 KB)
Hawkins, California ISO: Vehicle to Grid -A Control Area Operators Perspective
(pdf, 1.5 MB)
- Tim Lipman,
UC Berkeley: FCVs as DistributedGeneration Resources (powerpoint, 2.6
- Alec Brooks,
AC Propulsion: Electric Drive Vehicles: A Huge New Distributed Energy
Resource, (pdf, 2.8 MB)
World "Our World of Sustainable Transportation"
ZAP World "The world's
best electric vehicles"
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