Electric Car Update Spring 2013

Sales of electric cars continue to climb showing a similar trend to hybrid cars right after their introduction a few years earlier.

The offerings for 2013 are the Tesla Model S,Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, Smart Fortwo, Fiat 500e, Coda, Ford Focus Electric, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Honda Fit EV, Toyota Rav4 EV, Weego LiFE, Mini E.

Cumulative growth curve for Electric cars in the USA over the past two years

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Electric Car sales have grown and now represent 3.77% of the new car market share in Q1 2013, continuing the steady growth through 2012. If you have ever worked with Wal-Mart on new product introductions, you would know that they do not consider getting into a market until a new concept represents about 10% of the total market. That should happen in roughly 3 years based on present market growth.

It is worth pondering this for a second. We have had cars and car innovation for over 100 years and in the space of 5-6 short years electric cars are likely to represent 10% of the market! In other words mass acceptance? Wow! Best you get yours now!

Toyota is bucking the trend though with a big announcement last September that they were killing their plans for electric cars and increasing their Hybrid production to 21 models by 2015. We’ll take that. In fact, I would be very surprised if Toyota don’t insert a hybrid drive system in every car before the end of the decade. It makes a lot of sense, pushing up the numbers and therefore helping them to get to economies of scale and cut the costs even further and what Driver would not want to be able to enjoy the better mileage that it would deliver. They say that they don’t expect to sell more the 2,700 of the electric Rav 4 in the next 3 years. Well something is definitely wrong in their calculations. To date this year over 9,000 electric vehicles have been sold already.

Anyone want to take a bet that there will not be electric propulsion system of some sort (hybrid/power assist/range extension…) in every vehicle by the end of the decade?

Why?

It is hard to deny the story in this chart. Electric will always be substantially cheaper than gas. Perhaps much cheaper. Anyone seen gas prices going down at a pump near you over the long-term the past 5 years? It will just keep going up.

electricity versus gasoline per gallon equivalents in a shart until 2035

Go Green

Why do we each need to make the commitment to go green? The present path we are on, the path that was set for us during the industrial revolution and its development of  massive systems for generating electricity, delivering fresh water and processing sewage and storm water are contributing enormously to the greenhouse gasses that are causing the earth’s temperature to rise and consequently our climate to change. Over the next century, in other words during our children’s life times, these changes will have serious consequences.

Given the scientific understanding that the way we are living now is responsible for the climate change it makes sense that we need to go green, to find a new way to live. That way has already been invented and has reached a cost that is close to if not cheaper than the present way of living. It not only makes sense because it is the right thing to do, but also because it is more than likely going to be the cheaper thing to do in the long run as well!

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Solar Power Growth Trends Per State in the USA

Solar power is on a strong growth curve in the USA over the past few years. In this article you can find the available solar capacity per state and see the trends in how fast it has been growing over the past few years. Sadly, what you read about is generally the bad news about what is going on in the solar industry. This article focuses on the good news!

The graphs are shown in the rank order of the states installed solar capacity in the USA from largest to smallest. You can find the state sponsored solar Incentives per state here and you will see a fairly direct connection between solar growth and state incentives still for most states.

Investing in solar is a form of inflation insurance. The sooner you and therefore your state converts to solar, the sooner you get off the cost of living rises that are an integral part of an oil based economy where the price of oil is controlled by OPEC or global corporations.

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Be the first solar home on your street!

…and we’ll feature your home in our gallery.

 

Here’s why we think it is important for you to become the pioneer on your street.

Who will install the first solar powered roof in your neighborhood? Research shows that the presence of a single solar power home in a neighborhood accelerates the adoption of solar power much faster than any other type of marketing because neighbors can talk to the owners, find out how it works, see the electricity meter spinning backwards for themselves, see the bills of $5 -10 a month and really understand first hand that solar works.

If you have the first solar roof in your street, send us an email and attach a photograph of your home with the solar panels visible and we will post your home as a leader in solar in our photo gallery.

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The Rapid Growth Of Solar Power In The USA

2012 has been a bumper year for utility scale (over 10MW installations) solar power in many states across the USA with total installed capacity of new solar power installations over 10MW totaling 3GW of capacity in a year for the first time. This was up from 2.3GW of new utility scale solar power installations in 2011. The total installed utility scale solar power in the USA is now 8.5GW, or a 35.6% growth, according to a recent PV TECH article. This figure, while impressive and growing rapidly still leaves the US trailing the world leader, Germany by a considerable distance. Germany already has 31.62GW of solar power installed as of October 2012 which is 3% of their generating capacity and they expect to reach 25% solar powered electricity generation by 2050.

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Clive Roux, CEO

Headshot of Clive Roux, CEO

Clive Roux, CEO

Clive Roux is the founder and CEO of Live Green. He started his career as an Industrial Designer, designing products for Philips, GM, P&G, Coca Cola and many other global brands.

Clive has started a Green Design consultancy, honing his techniques and thinking about how to contribute to pushing the world towards a greener more sustainable path. He has also served as the CEO of two design non-profit organizations.

For more on Clive’s career download the PDF: Clive Roux Resume Dec 2012  or for a summary of his career, go to his LinkedIn Profile.

Living Green Links

Live Green is a site to help homeowners to make their home green, to explain the concept of a sustainable, net zero energy home and to present the facts about our carbon footprints in the USA. We recognize that there are a lot of other factors that can significantly improve your carbon footprint in terms of what you eat, the cleaners you use and the products you purchase. That is why we have compiled an easy to find list for you of sites that provide this sort of information.

Resources for living green:

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Electric Cars

There is no question that this is the future as the wave of electric cars or EV’s start to flood the market and the number of charging stations in the USA creeps up. Take a look at this interesting info-graphic showing the positive impact of electric vehicles.

In a related article, Tesla have announced a price increase for its amazing, multi-award winning “car of the year” Model S electric car as demand pushes their waiting list to over 18 month. BMW i3 unveiled this month and Chevy announces the Spark, an under $25,000 electric car.

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Green Home

Why are so many people interested in a green home?

It is first and foremost an efficient home. Today’s homes are built fast and cheap for the most part using wood and cladding techniques that leak and are subject to wildly variable building skills in a transient labor market. Imagine if your car was built the way your home was! The good news is that with some work, you can upgrade the efficiency of your home  and vastly improve its efficiency.

A green home aims to improve your homes performance by improving it’s health, efficiency and therefore running costs.

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How To Be Green: Focus On The Right Problems

Why Can’t We Grasp The Magnitude of What We Could Do If Only We Focused On the Right Problems?

Dean Kamen is better know for inventing the Segway, a strange mode of transport that has so far sold over a million units. He is a serial inventor with integrity and ability who tackles fundamental issues such as water and electricity, basic transportation fluid movement.

Dean works on medical devices and had an epiphany a little while ago when he realized that the dialysis  machine he had invented was in fact just the technology that is needed to make pure fresh drinking water. It takes everything out of the liquid by emulating nature by first turning the liquid into steam and then turning it back into pure water. Not only that, but because it produces steam, it is also a perfect device for generating electricity in the process of creating pure drinking water. In it’s present state it uses another invention that he has been refining, called the Stirling Engine that runs on cow dung to power the Slingshot which produces enough electricity to power about 70 energy efficient light bulbs.

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