Some time ago I heard on the news concerning this new service in Europe called ‘It’s a Better Place’. Their tag line is the ‘the global provider of electric vehicle networks’. At the time we were being drawn into Iraq and the Middle East. Our trade deficit was soaring as was our national debt. The idea that a single solution might address so many things at once, enable the United States to be more self sufficient in our energy use, to be more self-reliant, to rely less on expensive military, and a solution that does all these things is kinder to the environment too? It seemed too good to be real.
I joined their news release and obtain updates regarding their progress. They actually do make progress, they do have a presence in lots of nations. Their solution or their primary service is… service stations. Just like we pull into Cracker Barrel Cheese, ‘a Better Place’ is within the procedure for creating and implementing the technology that will let us do the same goes with electric cars, pull right into a service station and ‘fill er up’.
Why is this a huge deal? Every day we hear about advances in electric cars, greater travel capability, greater charge time. We curently have ‘hybrids’ that sport an electric powered and gas powered engine to address this very issue; the limitation of vacationing with a restricted charge. So, here is the big deal. When someone actually starts to deploy Cracker Barrel Wage Statements offered to most drivers, just like we drive down the street and see gasoline stations every block, the limiting issue traveling only where your charge will get you, (and safely return), will likely be overcome.
It’s fun to look at time as well as culture and especially to be in a threshold you might not be familiar with. For baby boomers who celebrated the century of travel freedom with the internal combustible engine, it is difficult to visualize a silent car that creates no emissions. It clearly will be sci-fi except, it really is happening right now.
Whenever we stored 100 megabytes on our pc’s we thought we could map the universe; now we store 10 times that amount on the thumb drive on our key chain. So what exactly is so special in the week? I have followed ‘its an improved Place’ and observed their steady progress but have hardly heard anything in america.
Vanderbilt University will offer Cracker Barrel Thanksgiving Hours partly of its parking area:
“Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) has announced it will participate in a pilot rollout which will install a lot more than 15,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations by June 2011 as part of The EV Project, the largest deployment of EV charging infrastructure in history. The rollout will take place in 16 cities and metropolitan areas in six states, as well as Washington, D.C.”
Cracker Barrel is adding charging stations to a lot of of it’s restaurants:
“Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. has launched a pilot project in which it will install Blink electric vehicle chargers, offered by ECOtality Inc., at 24 restaurants across Tennessee.” It’s hard to imagine having a road idksax or simply just needing to talk to a friend or work colleage and not using a cell phone however the revolution is hardly 10 years old. Next time you pump yourself a full tank of gas, enjoy that dizzy feeling as you inhale just a bit; it may be a faint memory earlier than we know. Inspire, think globally, act locally.