I was lucky enough to attend a roundtable discussion today about electric vehicles and their future in Oregon. To start with, they’re closer than we think – think 2010. As someone who owns and loves my hybrid, I’m really excited about the prospect of an electric car that actually goes more than 15 miles an hour (for some reason, the golf cart image gets stuck in my head when I hear “electric vehicle” – I can still picture my grandfather plugging his golf cart in next to their house on a golf course in Palm Desert).
And, the neat thing is that these cars look like cars. Nissan has designed and is launching the LEAF for individual consumers and business’ fleet needs.
And, we all know there’s a big push by other car makers to go this direction too. Take the Volt for example, or the electric Mini Cooper. Will this decade be the automotive transformation decade? Will it bring us closer to reducing our country’s and region’s C02 emissions and reliance on foreign oil? I can only hope.
Today’s roundtable discussion proves that this is really right around the corner. I mean, Portland General Electric already has charging stations and soon, they’ll be in major cities around the region. Who needs Chevron when you can pull up and plug in instead?
For more information and to stay connected to what’s going to happen in Oregon and on the west coast, check out the EV Roadmap website – www.evroadmap.com
There are certainly lots of questions to ask in the coming months and many communications challenges (hence where I come in!), but stay tuned.