Better Place Has Gone to a Better Place

Bill at Better Place

We pulled over in Jutland for a coffee and a driver change, and lo and behold:  a defunct Better Place station.  I had not seen one of these.  As you may know, Better Place was a very ambitious plan to supply batteries, in a quick and easy swap – spent for fully recharged – which went out of business in May.  Being the cockeyed optimist I am, I take this as a sign of the burgeoning success of electric vehicles because the competition to the Better Place model was simply too much from “conventional” EVs.  (Actually, Tesla offers a battery swap option so there’s nothing inherently wrong with the idea.  It’s just that the execution from Better Place was poor.) Continue reading


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Houston, You’ve Got a Problem

This graphic represents what Amory Lovins and the Rocky Mountain Institute think is a viable pathway to 0% oil use in the transportation sector.  It is part of the brilliant Reinventing Fire scheme “…for running a 158%-bigger U.S. economy in 2050 but needing no oil, no coal, and no nuclear energy.”  (I use Reinventing Fire as a textbook for my graduate class on clean tech.)

How do we get to zero oil use for transportation by 2050?  Continue reading


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