November 13 2008 / by Alvis Brigis
Category: Energy Year: General Rating: 13 Hot
MemeBox’s Garry Golden, Editor of The Energy Roadmap, just meme-blasted the minds of morning commuters across the country with his analysis of the near-term future of transportation and suggestions for our new President-elect. [Podcast of Interview]
Appearing on PRI’s The Takeaway with John Hockenberry, Golden was asked how he would advise Congress and the upcoming Obama administration on the proposed U.S. multi-billion dollar auto industry bailout. He responded by unequivocally advocating the avoidance of “any further investments into the old combustion engine model” arguing that the country needs to quickly move past hybrids by leap-frogging “to an all-electric platform.”
Garry pointed out that “the electric vehicle is … going global quickly”, thus opening a market window to countries like China who are developing competencies in areas such as battery production. So it’s now incumbent upon U.S. companies like GM to successfully adapt to the new conditions, possibly by building out the new electrically powered chassis that will serve as platform for new transport structures.
Such a future vehicle may well resemble “a skateboard the size of an SUV or a Mini-Cooper”, said Garry. And regardless of which exact form the future automobile takes it will not include a traditional power source.
“You can’t get more mileage out of a combustion engine,” concluded Golden, “You have to get rid off it.”
Yes, that means you, morning radio fan, commuting to work in your dinosauric fuel-guzzler. :)