Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Imagine an MTA bus which whirrs silently down Broadway, instead of the roar and rumble and squeaks we now associate with public transportation. Instead of belching diesel into the air, this bus doesn’t even have a tailpipe.

They already exist in Shanghai, China.

Imagine whisper-quiet police patrol cars, able to accelerate from zero to 60 in a matter of seconds. You’ll find them in Hong Kong and Japan.

Imagine grabbing a taxi at the Nashville airport after a long day’s travel. Your taxi is whisper quiet, and its electronic battery is fully charged, because it was swapped out for a fresh one between fares. They already do that in Japan.

The change is coming. Like it or not, it is. During the Bush years we took a huge step back, as if someone had pushed the rewind button and America shot back in time to 1982. Big Oil wants us hooked to that IV, GM didn’t really want to sell the EV1, the dealerships didn’t want to lose out on all that oil change money.

But progress happens, folks. You can’t stop it. You can’t really even slow it. We’ve picked up where we left off after the eight years we lost under the thumb of the oil barons.

Because whether we take part in it or not, the world is changing. Germany wants 1 million electric cars by 2020.

Spain aims to achieve that goal by 2014, and they are getting a hefty assist from Ford.

Change is coming. The (electric) train is leaving the station. Get on board, nation, or be left behind.

TVA is on board:
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Valley Authority, the Electric Power Research Institute and Oak Ridge National Laboratory Friday announced that they will test and deploy solar-assisted charging stations for electric vehicles across the state of Tennessee as part of one of the largest electric transportation projects in U.S. history.

The revolution is happening. Get with it, or get rolled under the wheels of that whisper-quiet electric bus.