There is no more committed "car guy" than Jay Leno, and I was able to stop by the garage for an interview about my new book--and tour the most eclectic, mouth-watering auto assemblage I've ever seen.
Obama's renewable vision is scattered and under attack, and it lacks what they call a "narrative." Both green futurist Jeremy Rifkin and the Rocky Mountain Institute are presenting clean energy frameworks that Obama could embrace.
Several companies are competing to charge electric cars through transmitters buried in garages and parking spaces. If they're right, you will soon be able to charge automatically and hands-free, without plugging into anything. The big challenges are safety (they think they have that one licked) and efficiency (they're working on it).
The BMW Guggenheim Lab is a traveling think tank designed to produce out-of-the-box thinking about living in tomorrow's megacities. And it also promotes a new wave of electrified BMWs.
Daniel Yergin, who set a standard for oil reporting with The Prize, is back with a new book called The Quest, and he says peak oil theory is bunk. But that view is getting challenged.
The blue blazer and white-glove auto events in upscale Connecticut can dazzle, even if the owners just write the checks. Auctions are part of the picture, and this year the results were decidedly mixed.
Audi hosts a forum for futurists who see a self-driving car in your future. The technology (including artificial intelligence software, radar, GPS, and embedded sensors) is there, but liability questions still loom large.
Americans think they drive further in a day than they actually do, and that fuels fears that limited-range EVs will end up on the side of the road with their hoods up. They're not wrong to worry (I experienced range anxiety myself), but actual behind-the-wheel time will increase driver confidence.
No president can deliver cheap gas, and most analysts see higher prices ahead. Even if the Alaska reserve drilling and oil shale development that Bachmann supports went ahead full tilt, the results would be outside her term in office.
Here’s a scenario: An electric storm knocks out power to your house just as the Super Bowl is starting. Do you knock on the neighbor’s door with a six-pack, or do you try plugging your television into your Nissan Leaf’s 24-kilowatt-hour battery pack?
Networks of EV chargers 40 to 60 miles apart will turn electric cars into long-distance travelers. The west coast is going to get hooked up first, but the pace is accelerating all over the country.