Ron and I both are feeling this amazing moment — and comparing notes, we agree it feels unreal that we are actually driving real production plug-in vehicles. Ron feels it’s the most advanced vehicle
he’s ever seen. Even without signs on the cars, people notice them and are giving us thumbs up on the highways (as happened when there were only a handful of hybrids on the road) Our son was trailed by a highway patrolman who wanted to talk about the car. Andy Frank says it’s “exactly as I had anticipated it would operate. It’s like driving my dream.” See below for links to media and photos of our
celebration; amazing uptake on our Victory essay, and some new good news from GM. Enjoy your holidays!
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A local report about our fun event http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_16923309 (with such short
notice, we didn’t get any national media), but ace cinematographer Chris Baldwin will be putting together some video).
A few photos including one with Dave Barthmuss of GM
Felix’s long piece about it putting plug-in cars in the context of the large challenges we face. It ran at GM-Volt.com http://gm-volt.com/2010/12/22/calcars-plug-in-campaign-victory-after-8-years
and garnered thousands of page views and over 140 comments in a day, including:
At Plug In America’s blog, Sherry Boschert, author of “Plug-In Hybrids: the Cars That Will Recharge America,” http://www.pluginamerica.org/drivers-seat/historic-calcars-prof-frank-get-plug-hybrid-chevy-volt, ended a posting,
The point is that Prof. Frank, Kramer, and Gremban helped propel a huge change in the auto industry that will benefit our national security, the environment, and consumer pocketbooks. Our work isn’t finished — Plug In America and CalCars and our other allies have got a lot of educating of the public left to do, and working for plug-in friendly policies, and more. But as these three pioneers take the keys to their new Volts, it’s a moment to celebrate.
Finally, great news from GM’s CEO Dan Akerson: GM Planning to Triple or Quadruple Electric Car Volumes by 2015, LG Chem Says Batteries Not a Constraint”
1. Build Your Own Electric Vehicle by Seth Leitman and Bob Brandt
2. Build Your Own Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle by Seth Leitman
3. Build Your Own Electric Motorcycle by Carl Vogel
More About Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles from The Green Living Guy