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RP Siegel, PE, is an inventor, consultant and author. He co-wrote the eco-thriller Vapor Trails, the first in a series covering the human side of various sustainability issues including energy, food, and water in an exciting and entertaining format. His thoughts include:

English: Toyota Prius V hybrid electric car ex...

English: Toyota Prius V hybrid electric car exhibited at the 2011 Washington Auto Show (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Participation had all the markings of a disruptive technology in its genesis, a solid number of enthusiastic early adopters, holding forth with their pride of ownership to a growing crowd of curious mainstream consumers who were asking lots of questions. That’s what I saw at the event I attended in suburban Penfield, NY outside of Rochester. A dozen or so EV owners stood beside their electronically powered steeds like proud papas pointing into the open engine, oops, I mean, motor compartments. There was a booth set up with a sign that asked how much does it cost to drive 100 miles? The answers, which were hidden under cardboard covers, were as follows:

  • gasoline car (25 mpg @ $4/gal = $16)
  • electric car (25 kWh @ $0.10/kWh= $2.50)
  • electric car charged by solar = $0

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