A few years ago I heard on the news about this new service in Europe called ‘It’s a Better Place’. Their tag line is the ‘the global provider of electric vehicle networks’. During the time we were being drawn into Iraq and the Middle East. Our trade deficit was soaring as was our national debt. The concept that a single solution might address so many things at once, enable the United States to be more self sufficient within our energy use, to be more self-reliant, to rely less on expensive military, and a solution that does all these things is kinder to the environment too? It seemed too good to be real.
I joined their news release and obtain updates with regards to their progress. They are doing make progress, they are doing possess a presence in numerous nations. Their solution or their primary services are… service stations. Just like we pull into Cracker Barrel Store, ‘a Better Place’ is incorporated in the process of creating and implementing the technology that will permit us to do the same with electric cars, pull right into a service station and ‘fill er up’.
Exactly why is this a big deal? Every day we learn about advances in electric cars, greater travel capability, greater charge time. We curently have ‘hybrids’ that sport an electric and gas powered engine to address this very issue; the limitation of traveling with a restricted charge. So, this is actually the big deal. When someone starts to deploy Cracker Barrel Login accessible to most drivers, just like we drive down the street and discover gasoline stations every block, the limiting issue traveling only where your charge can get you, (and safely return), is going to be overcome.
It’s fun to look at time and culture and especially to become at a threshold you might not know about. For baby boomers who celebrated the century of travel freedom with all the internal combustible engine, it is sometimes complicated to visualize a silent car that creates no emissions. It clearly could be sci-fi except, it is happening right now.
When we stored 100 megabytes on our pc’s we thought we could map the universe; now we store 10 times that amount over a thumb drive on our key chain. So what is so special this week? We have followed ‘its a much better Place’ and observed their steady progress but have hardly heard anything in the usa.
Vanderbilt University will provide Cracker Barrel Hours to some extent of its parking area:
“Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) has announced it can participate in a pilot rollout that can install more than 15,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations by June 2011 as part of The EV Project, the biggest deployment of EV charging infrastructure throughout history. The rollout will take place in 16 cities and metropolitan areas in six states, as well as Washington, D.C.”
Cracker Barrel is adding charging stations to a lot of of it’s restaurants:
“Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. has launched a pilot project in which it will install Blink electric vehicle chargers, provided by ECOtality Inc., at 24 restaurants across Tennessee.” It’s hard to imagine having a road idksax or simply being forced to talk to a friend or work colleage and never using a cellular phone but the revolution is hardly a decade old. The next occasion you pump your full tank of gas, enjoy that dizzy feeling as you inhale just a bit; it may be a faint memory sooner than we know. Inspire, think globally, act locally.