16 May '11, 4pm

Which comes first: Smart-grid chicken or e-car egg?: Behind all the encouraging headlines and press releases abo...

Which comes first: Smart-grid chicken or e-car egg?: Behind all the encouraging headlines and press releases abo...

Which comes first: Smart-grid chicken or e-car egg? Published Monday, 16th May 2011 Behind all the encouraging headlines and press releases about so many new electric vehicle charging stations going up here, and so many new plug-in cars entering the market there, the reality is we still have some serious challenges ahead of us if we want to meet our goal of moving away from petrol-fueled transport. Looked at from a distance, it really does amount to a chicken-and-egg-type problem: which comes first — electric cars or smarter, cleaner energy (since much of the electricity we currently rely on comes from polluting coal power)? In the US, President Barack Obama has a stated goal of getting 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015. As of 2011, the US Department of Energy (DOE) puts the nation’s total supply of electric vehicles at 45,600. Based on its estimates for futu...

Full article: http://www.greenbang.com/which-comes-first-smart-grid-chi...

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