It’s 2008 in the San Franciso Bay Area and you own an electric car that is running low on charge. What do you do? Where do you go to re-charge? Right about now you are wishing you had your gas guzzling, carbon emission spitting, automobile back and the heck with the environment.
But wait….fast forward a few years to 2012 and the San Francisco Bay Area is now dotted with electric car recharging stations where you can grab a fresh battery or recharge yours. Parking lots, public buildings, even telephone and light poles have charging stations. Suddenly, owning a car that reduces dependence on foreign oil is looking like a good deal. And you are looking pretty smart.
Even though California could have been an innovator in the electric car biz over ten years ago (See “Who Killed the Electric Car” documentary for details on this debacle), maybe we can redeem ourselves in 2008.
A couple of days ago the cities of San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose agreed to work towards implementing, with Bay Area company Better Place, this charging infrastructure all over the Bay Area. See this report for a lot more information.
I have written about the need to save the environment, telecommute, and find alternative energy sources. This is great news!
I hope it works out, and I pledge to do all I can to help, starting with this Blog entry. See all my Blog entries on Saving the Environment.
Here is more information on Better Place’s idea for an electric car and infrastructure.