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Plug In America Podcast
The Plug In America Podcast keeps
listeners informed about efforts to get more electric vehicles and
plug-in hybrids into drivers' hands. Through interviews with the
directors of Plug In America and other experts, the podcast will explore
the environmental benefits of plug-in vehicles, the ever-changing
politics surrounding plug-in initiatives, and the latest announcements
by vehicle manufacturers. Contact the Plug In America podcast at
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Chelsea Sexton, cofounder and former Executive Director of PIA,
discusses the Google-Brookings Conference and what it revealed about the
future of plug-in electric vehicles. Contact info:
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Actress Alexandra Paul (remember Baywatch?) may be even better known by
Plug In America supporters for her appearance in the documentary Who
Killed the Electric Car? She and another EV driver committed civil
disobedience while trying to save the remaining GM EV1 cars from
destruction. In this podcast she invites everyone to join Plug In
America at another important demonstration on March 26 at 10:30 am in
Sacramento, Calif. No civil disobedience this time, but you might just
score an autograph. Contact info: firstname.lastname@example.org;
http://pluginamerica.org; Audio Editing: http://H2Opodcast.com.
A historic vote coming up on March 27, 2008 by the California Air
Resources Board could determine whether we get thousands of plug-in cars
on the road soon or have to wait another decade for that option. Plug In
America's Secretary of the Board Richard Kelly describes a new online
campaign targeting the board and California Governor Arnold
Schwarzenegger. Help us send a message to the "Governator" that he can
help consumers get the choice to drive emission-free, by joining the
campaign at www.PlugInAmerica.org. Contact info:
podcast@PlugInAmerica.org; http://PlugInAmerica.org; Audio Editing: http://H2Opodcast.com.
Plug In America's Legislative Director Jay Friedland gives the low-down
on unacceptable changes proposed for California's Zero Emission Vehicle
Program, which the Air Resources Board will put to a vote on March 27,
2008. What happens that day in California could decide whether more than
half the U.S. population gets access to electric vehicles in the next
decade -- a must if we're to have any hope of limiting global warming.
Contact info: podcast@PlugInAmerica.org; http://PlugInAmerica.org; Audio Editing: http://H2Opodcast.com.
Professor Andrew Frank of the University of California, Davis is the
godfather of plug-in hybrids. He and his students have been building
them for more than a decade, showing us what the car companies could be
doing, if only they would. Hear his take on the state of the industry in
an interview at EVS23, the international electric vehicle symposium in
Anaheim, Calif. in December 2007.
Activism has always been an important tool for Plug In America. Besides
our inside work in government and industry, we hit the streets when a
good protest or demonstration would be the most effective move. Zan
Dubin Scott talks about some of our best actions, and why they worked.
For the first time, visitors to the 2007 San Francisco Green Festival
could inspect a kit on sale that converts a hybrid into a plug-in
hybrid. Hear the details from Robb Protheroe of Plug-in Supply Inc.,
which makes the kit, and Carolyn Coquillette, owner of Luscious Garage,
a new "green" garage in San Francisco that plans to offer kit
Neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs) aren't for everyone, but they
serve an important niche. With a short range, a top speed of 25 mph, and
an affordable price, they're great for running gas-free errands, taking
the kids to school, etc. One of the new NEVs on the block -- the Zenn
NEV -- is featured in this podcast from the San Francisco Green
The synergies between plug-in cars and solar or wind power are sparking
a convergence of our transportation and energy industries. Mike Kane, a
solar power professional and a director of Plug In America, discusses
the win-win of combining renewable electricity with electric vehicles or
plug-in hybrids. Individual homeowners and society as a whole are
benefiting from this combination.
Plug In America's executive director, Chelsea Sexton, describes the
exciting recent activity in car companies both large and small to move
toward production of new electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. Are
these cars really coming? When and where can we get one? Hear an
expert's view on developments, and what you can do to speed them along.
Plug In America President Linda Nicholes loved driving her Toyota
RAV4-EV electric SUV so much, she jumped at the chance to become one of
the first owners of the sporty new Tesla Roadster, a sleek electric
sportscar that sprints from 0 to 60 mph in under 4 seconds and has a
range of 200 miles per charge.
Plug In America board member Marc Geller describes the lengths consumers
had to go to in order to drive electrc cars, and how drivers fought back
when automakers wanted to destroy these vehicles. Hear how 2007 is a key
year to influence government regulators in favor of electric cars, and
how you can help.
More than 40 studies of well-to-wheels emissions show that plug-in
vehicles are a better environmental choice than gasoline cars, hybrids,
or hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. Plug In America board member Sherry
Boschert discusses the data.