August 22, 2008
Here is the MP3 link. The segment ran between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. and included several calls from listeners.
The topic was moving beyond oil in surface transportation, which is the focus of an upcoming conference Sept. 4 & 5 in Redmond, Wash., sponsored by Cascadia Center, Idaho National Laboratory, Microsoft and others. Also discussed were the role of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and the "smart grid," national security implications of U.S. dependence on foreign oil, fuel efficiency of electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and the role of major automakers.
Marshall is a Senior Fellow at Cascadia Center. Korin is chair of the Set America Free Foundation. Sexton starred in the film "Who Killed The Electric Car" and is a co-founder and board member of Plug In America.
Chelsea Sexton, Plug In America: “The cool thing about Tesla, besides the fact that it's a great car, is it...dispelled the golf-cart myth about electric cars. If a company like that can come out of nowhere with a $100,000 car, sell 1,200 of them before they ever deliver one, what could GM do, or Toyota do, with their economies of scale? So, we love the little feisty companies, the Davids of the industry, but we really need millions of cars to make a difference....I’m not in the ‘let GM fail’ camp.”
Anne Korin, Set America Free Coalition: “The number one policy for plug-ins is a plug-in hybrid tax credit. The second policy...to get liquid fuel choice, is an open fuel standard...New cars sold in this country, if they have a gasoline engine, need to be flex-fuel vehicles. It’s a $100 feature. It provides a platform on which liquid fuels can compete; they can run on gasoline and a variety of alcohol fuels, not just ethanol....You want to have liquid fuel choice, you want to have plug-ins. One hundred percent of the cars General Motors sells in Brazil are flex-fuel.”
Steve Marshall, Cascadia Center: “The one issue that we want to work on is, how do you get the infrastructure ready? How do you get the ability to plug in wherever you may want to go, to park-and-rides, to employee lots? And then how do you make sure that you’re not going to disadvantage the power grid by plugging in at peak times? And what are you going to do about the declining gas tax revenues? How do you replace these? Our conference is...about...how...you get ready for the cars once they are here.”