PHEVs

State Fleet Should Begin Transition To Electricity

With Washington’s government facing a $3.2 billion budget deficit, we need to cut expenses now. One smart place to start is with a two- to three-year moratorium on buying new state fleet vehicles and to begin the transition from oil to electricity in transportation.

Virtually every major automaker will sell plug-in hybrid or all-electric vehicles starting in 2010-12. General Motors is advertising the plug-in Chevy Volt for 2010. Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, Renault, Nissan, Mitsubishi, BMW, Volkswagen and Mercedes will have plug-in cars on the road within three years. Last month Warren Buffett bought a major stake in BYD, a Chinese company that will have an electric-powered five-passenger car for sale this month.

Instead of buying state vehicles that will be consuming gasoline for the next decade or two, the governor should order an immediate moratorium on buying new gasoline-powered cars for the state fleet and make firm plans for the purchase of the coming plug-in cars that use little or no gasoline.

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High-tech Vehicles Growing More Common In Region

This article, published by the Seattle PI, mentions the Cascadia Center of Discovery Institute: Davids, a former Microsoft Corp. program manager and one of about 500 people who attended the “Beyond Oil: Transforming Transportation” conference at Microsoft this month that was organized by the Cascadia Center of the Discovery Institute, is an evangelist for “cleaner, cheaper, domestic” technology. The rest Read More ›

American Business Driving A New Car Culture

This article, published by the Vancouver Sun, mentions the Cascadia Center of Discovery Institute: This theme is taken up by most of the 500 or so people attending the conference, being sponsored by a non-profit think-tank, the Cascadia Centre of the Discovery Institute, which looks at West Coast transportation and development issues on both sides of the border. The rest Read More ›

Steve Marshall, Anne Korin, Chelsea Sexton Radio Segment

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 Read More ›

Turbulence In Air Travel: What High Fuel Costs Mean To Boeing

With oil prices doubling in a year and hitting record highs, airlines are cutting flights, charging extra for everything they can think of, or just going out of business. Earlier this year travelers on Aloha and ATA were left wondering how the airline they took while on their vacation could go bankrupt so quickly – before many could catch their Read More ›

Hurray For Transit, But It’s No Silver Bullet

With U.S. gas prices blowing through the roof, transit ridership is growing along with enthusiasm for green vehicles that will run on electricity and liquid fuels, a.k.a. plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, or PHEVs. Cascadia Center has championed expanded transit for Central Puget Sound through proposals for an Eastside commuter rail line adjoining a walking and biking path, and regional passenger-only Read More ›

Watch For Plug-In Cars In Tacoma

This article, published by the┬áTacoma News Tribune, mentions Discovery Institute Fellow Bruce Agnew and Steve Marshall of Discovery Institute: Agnew is policy director of the Discovery Institute’s Cascadia Center. Marshall, a former legal adviser for Snohomish County PUD, is a senior fellow at the center and passionate advocate of PHEVs. The rest of the article can be found here.

City, County, Port To Run Year-Long Test Of PHEVs

Thirteen Toyota Prius gas-electric hybrid vehicles owned by Puget Sound governments and agencies will be converted to 100 mile-per-gallon plug-in electric hybrid vehicles for a year-long field performance test, in part with a grant and technical assistance from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory. Behind-the-scenes assistance from Discovery Institute’s Cascadia Center for Regional Development played a key role Read More ›