Not too long ago I heard on the news concerning this new service in Europe called ‘It’s a Better Place’. Their tag line is the ‘the global provider of electric vehicle networks’. At that time we were being drawn into Iraq and the Middle East. Our trade deficit was soaring as was our national debt. The concept that a single solution might address so many things at once, enable the United States to be more self sufficient in our energy use, to be more self-reliant, to rely less on expensive military, and a solution that does all these things is kinder to the environment too? It seemed too good to be true.
I joined their news release and obtain updates with regards to their progress. They do make progress, they are doing have a presence in many nations. Their solution or their primary service is… service stations. Just like we pull into Cracker Barrel Menu, ‘a Better Place’ is in the process of creating and implementing the technology that would permit us to do the same with electric cars, pull in to a service station and ‘fill er up’.
Why is this a huge deal? Every day we hear about advances in electric cars, greater travel capability, greater charge time. We already have ‘hybrids’ that sport an electric and gas powered engine to address this very issue; the limitation of vacationing with a restricted charge. So, this is actually the big deal. When someone begins to deploy Cracker Barrel Employee Login offered to most drivers, just like we drive down the street and discover gasoline stations every block, the limiting issue traveling only where your charge will bring you, (and safely return), is going to be overcome.
It’s fun to observe time and culture and especially to be in a threshold you might not know about. For baby boomers who celebrated the century of travel freedom using the internal combustible engine, it is not easy to imagine a silent car which produces no emissions. It clearly could be science fiction except, it is happening right now.
When we stored 100 megabytes on our pc’s we thought we might map the universe; now we store 10 times that amount on the thumb drive on our key chain. So what is stand out in the week? I have followed ‘its an improved Place’ and observed their steady progress but have hardly heard anything in the United States.
Vanderbilt University will provide Cracker Barrel Hours partly of its parking area:
“Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) has announced it can participate in a pilot rollout that will install greater than 15,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations by June 2011 included in the EV Project, the greatest deployment of EV charging infrastructure in history. The rollout will occur in 16 cities and metropolitan areas in six states, as well as Washington, D.C.”
Cracker Barrel is adding charging stations to many of it’s restaurants:
“Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. has launched a pilot project in which it will install Blink electric vehicle chargers, provided by ECOtality Inc., at 24 restaurants across Tennessee.” It’s hard to imagine possessing a road idksax or simply just needing to speak to a friend or work colleage and never possessing a cellular phone nevertheless the revolution is hardly 10 years old. The next time you pump yourself a full tank of gas, enjoy that dizzy feeling when you inhale just a bit; it may become a faint memory earlier than we know. Inspire, think globally, act locally.