LocalWatt Resources makes the fundamental assertion that demand for personal automobiles in the US (or anywhere else) is not going to drop significantly. Nor are we likely to reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT) to any great degree.
We also believe that carbon emission reduction in our transportation sector is an essential response to climate change, and critical to global well-being.
Despite numerous efforts to improve and advance public transportation options in this country, Americans are so committed to independent travel and so far behind in rail systems, that we cannot expect to significantly reduce carbon emissions in that manner.
Transportation electrification, powered by renewable resources, offers a solution. But electrifying the U.S. automotive fleet presents a “chicken-and-egg” problem.
Among the chickens:
- Drivers who are concerned about the range of all-electric cars.
- Auto manufacturers who are concerned about drivers’ acceptance of electric cars.
- Fuel distributors who want to keep selling gasoline to car drivers.
- Energy utilities who are concerned about over-taxing the electric grid.
Among the eggs that need to hatch:
- Attractive vehicles with adequate all-electric or hybrid electric driving range.
- Consumer demand for efficient “green” cars.
- Energy regulations that encourage vehicle-to-grid power exchange and investments in renewable generation.
- Convenient electric charging stations that can access renewable energy.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2008 included $2.4 for investment in transportation electrification technology and planning. LocalWatt Resources will be following the outcome.