Not too long 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 usa 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 acquire updates about their progress. They are doing make progress, they do use a presence in lots of nations. Their solution or their primary services are… service stations. Just like we pull into Cracker Barrel Menu 2020, ‘a Better Place’ is within the procedure of creating and implementing the technology that will allow us to carry out the same with electric cars, pull right into a service station and ‘fill er up’.
Why is this a large deal? Every day we read about advances in electric cars, greater travel capability, greater charge time. We have ‘hybrids’ that sport an electrical and gas powered engine to address this very issue; the limitation of going with a small charge. So, this is actually the big deal. When someone actually starts to deploy Cracker Barrel Employee available to most drivers, just like we drive down the street and discover gasoline stations every block, the limiting issue traveling only where your charge will get you, (and safely return), will be overcome.
It’s fun to look at time and culture and especially to be with a threshold you might not be aware of. For baby boomers who celebrated the century of travel freedom with the internal combustible engine, it is not easy to imagine a silent car that creates no emissions. It clearly would be sci-fi except, it really is happening right now.
When 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 stand out this week? I have followed ‘its a Better Place’ and observed their steady progress but have hardly heard anything in the usa.
Vanderbilt University will provide Cracker Barrel Hours to some extent of the parking area:
“Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) has announced it is going to participate in a pilot rollout that can install greater than 15,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations by June 2011 as part of The EV Project, the largest deployment of EV charging infrastructure throughout 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 many of it’s restaurants:
“Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. has launched a pilot project in which it will install Blink electric vehicle chargers, provided by ECOtality Inc., at 24 restaurants across Tennessee.” It’s hard to visualize having a road idksax or just being forced to talk to a friend or work colleage rather than using a cell phone nevertheless 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 considered a faint memory sooner than we know. Inspire, think globally, act locally.