Podcast: Ecotality’s Totality and Hanging Out with La Mirada High
October 16, 2013 Leave a comment
In our climb to raise the stakes in electric vehicles it seems like you take two steps forward only to slip one step back. Such is the gloomy state of the industry early this week, case-in-point the recent filing of Bankruptcy by Ecotality, with its supposedly game-changing charging technology. Ecotality reportedly received $100 million in subsidies, so it’s amazing to read that CarCharging Group recently acquired assets for $3.4 million at auction. Also, electric car rentals seem to have taken a flop, due to the range anxiety of customers returning their EVs the same day and asking for a gas version, all for fear of not being able to make it to a charging station. In the midst of this seeming chaos, many are questioning the relevance of EV subsidies–even as others predict rosy futures for electric cars.
Luckily, there is hope for the future hearing from the bright young minds and visionary teachers from La Mirada High School. Thank you to Teacher Norma Williamson and her colleagues for helping organize a Google Hangout with team members and students from La Mirada. They are pioneers in designing green engineering curriculum for the future, while allowing their students to work on all kinds of electric vehicles: bicycles, scooters, go-karts, solar golf carts, solar boats and now–electric cars! Listen to the podcast below. Norma’s PowerPoint is included below as a reference.
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