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ELV Motors Takes Center Stage as the Only All-Electric Vehicle Company!

For electric bicycle and scooter start-up, ELV Motors, having your booth placed right next to one of the Big Three auto makers at the week-long San Francisco International Auto Show might prove intimidating. But according to ELV Motors’ founder, Doug Schwartz, ELV had the same, if not more, foot traffic than their next door exhibitor, General Motors. Maybe it was because, despite all the green hype, ELV was the only all-electric vehicle company in attendance at the show.

“We were very happy with the turnout, said Schwartz. “Many of the auto manufacturers had hybrids on display at the show, but only AAA had one completely electric car. Because ELV was the only all-electric vehicle company in the show,” added Schwartz, “our booth had very steady traffic.”

The big hits in the ELV booth were the company’s new A2B electric bike, the UM 24 folding electric bike and the E1600 all electric scooter. The A2B attracted the age 16-30 crowd said Mr. Schwartz. The company’s UM 24 appealed to commuters and baby boomers and the E1600 scooter appealed to all age groups.

“People commented that they are interested in buying electric because they know that gas prices will rise again,” said Schwartz. “Also, they liked the idea of driving something that is better for the environment. Of course, they all said that the bikes and scooters are fun to ride.”

Press Release: Gas Guzzling Cars Take Back Seat to Electric Bikes and Scooters for Holiday Giving

Environmentally conscious people are thinking green this Christmas. Instead of expensive cars or gas scooters and motorcycles that pollute more than cars, many high school and college students are asking their parents for planet friendly electric bicycles and scooters.

Electric bicycles and scooters are perfect for people who:

• Care about the environment

• Commute less than 20 miles

• Run errands close to home

• Live on or near campus

• Hate spending time looking for parking spots

• Carry a bike on public transportation

• Dont want to waste money on car expenses and gas

According to AAA the cost of driving a car 15,000 miles a year (depreciation, insurance, maintenance, registration, and fuel) is 52 cents a mile. Compare that to 3 cents a mile for an electric bicycle and 10 cents a mile for an electric scooter.

New hi-tech and stylish electric bicycles like the A2B and fun to ride electric scooters like the E-1600 are great alternatives for students who need transportation but not the expense of a car, said Douglas Schwartz, President & CEO of ELV Motors, Inc.

In California electric bicycles fewer than 1000 watts do not require a license, insurance, or registration.

They can travel 20 miles on a 3 cent charge at speeds up to 20 mph. They can be driven anywhere a bike can go as well as taken on most forms of public transportation. And if you want a good work out, simply turn the motor off and start pedaling. (Check laws in your state)

Electric scooters under 2hp in California require a M2 motor scooter license, insurance and a one time registration fee. They can travel up to 40 miles on a 10 cent charge with a top speed of 30mph. With storage both under the seat and in the back, and with the ability to carry a passenger, they can replace a car for many errands. (Check laws in your state).

With prices under $4,000, even Santa would want one.

Contact ELV Motors at www.elvmotors.com or call 408-850-8191 for more information or for dealership inquires.

Editor’s Note:

Visit us at Booth 1010 at the San Francisco International Car Show, Nov 22-29

Going Green-Ford’s Scion Developing Green Cars-William C. Ford, Jr

William C. Ford, Jr., is a rare man, indeed.  The 51 year old grandson of Henry Ford, who founded the company with his Model-A, has been taking Going Green seriously for some time now.  Though he and his company have also been hit hard by the economic times, Ford is the only one of the big 3 U.S. auto manufacturers which is NOT asking Congress for any money right now.  This would seem to confirm that this scion of the Ford legacy is indeed a man prone to looking to the future.

William Ford, Jr. has been meeting directly with President-Elect Obama since August (long before he was elected) and working on Green transportation solutions.  This alone speaks volumes about the purity of his intent.  Mr. Ford would like to see the United States free of foreign oil, but points out that we must also develop our own battery solutions, so that we don’t become dependent upon Asian countries for the batteries instead.

President-Elect Obama’s Governor Jennifer Granholm (D, MI) a member of the president-elect’s economic advisory team, speaks well of Mr. Ford, saying  that he “has tremendous credibility with respect to the serious issues related to renewable energy and energy security for this nation.” Indeed, while remaining solvent, Ford has managed to put out the first hybrid SUVs, and will be making a new engine design available within the year, offering a 20% savings in fuel efficiency.  But Ford is ready to go a step further, to step back from the “Ford Tough” trucks that have been their mainstay and focus on the company’s smaller fuel-efficient vehicles.

While Toyota may have developed the Scion line of automobiles, it seems the scion we want to watch is the Ford.   Alternate-Power.org tips its hat to Ford Motor Corporation for their continuing dedication to a Greener, energy-independent United States of America.

Electric powered cars – Hawaii backs electric cars

A couple of days ago, Hawaii’s government and the Hawaiian Electric Company endorsed pursuing electric vehicles and the technologies and infrastructure that would make it happen. Amongst important features named were that the batteries be swappable, and that their recharging be Intelligent. Behind this concept is Shai Agassi, previously a Silicon Valley computer code exec who seems to know how to get things done.

The intrastructure plan is to team up tens of thousands of recharging stations via the Internet, creating a network that will make plug-in electric cars a real-world solution. Hawaii is not alone in saluting the plan. Agassi has gathered an ever-growing list of approvals, from national governments to regional planning groups and, of course, a major automobile manufacturer who hopes to step in and provide the cars. Other endorsing nations include Australia, Denmark, and Israel. Renault-Nissan is on board to develop a plug-in vehicle with a range of more than 100 miles, and to begin offering them before January 1, 2011. They are preparing to perform testing in 2009, and begin widespread commercial sales of the cars in 2012.

So far, Agassi’s contacts have saluted to the tune of 1.2 billion dollars in private international financing. It would seem he has his eye on the long-term profits as well. “I believe the new asset class is batteries,” he said. “When you have a driver in a car using a battery, nobody is going to cut their subscription and stop driving.” While that may not be the altruistic message we’d hoped for, it shows that he has the business savvy to make this project financially enticing to investors who might otherwise shy away from such an endeavor. He calculates that even if gas prices continue to drop, the electric cars and his recharging network will continue to be competitive in island economies, and become affordable for the mainland as well, as the project takes off.

Agassi is entirely correct about electric cars being ideal for island environments. People don’t often drive more than 100 miles, costs of fuel and vehicles are high, and people don’t drive very fast even when they can. Meanwhile, Hawaiian Electric Company is wisely seeing this as an opportunity to develop renewable energy sources that they could then connect to the electric grid to provide the necessary power for Agassi’s company, Better Place, and their recharging network.

Agassi seems to be everywhere with this vision. Earlier this year, mayors within the Bay Area cities, including San Francisco, gave their nod to Better Place’s concept of creating an electric recharging network with half a million recharging stations as soon as 2012. Better Place expects that charging network to cost about a billion dollars.

Daniel Kammen, PhD, of UC Berkeley’s Energy & Resources Group, projects that there will be the usual difficulties inherent in any new transportation system, but that it has “a lot of promising features,” that could make it attractive to fleet owners and ecologically-minded customers.

Of course, the program works best when teamed up with renewable sources of energy, such as solar farms and wind turbines. We appreciate Mr. Agassi’s efforts in getting Hawaii and the rest of the world going Green!

Hybrid Cars-Top Hybrid Vehicles List

lexus-hybird.jpgHybrid cars are vehicles that run on an interesting combination of the traditional gas engine and an electric motor. This combination increases power and improves gas mileage simply by creating a combined system for propulsion. Both Toyota and Honda are serious players in the hybrid vehicle industry, but nearly every other carmaker is now entering into the race by developing a hybrid vehicle model. Based on great performance and improved gas mileage, here are some of the best hybrid vehicles on the market right now.

2008 Lexus LS 600h – The 2008 Lexus LS 600h is an extremely classy car, but with all of the great technology that you could ever want both inside the cabin and under the vehicle’s hood. The hybrid system utilized by this vehicle allows it to set the standard above all other luxury class vehicle competitors with a better pedigree environmentally, and the driving performance exhibited by this vehicle is simply very good. The 2008 Lexus LS 600h is just now becoming available, but it is already gaining a serious amount of attention.

2007 Lexus GS 450h – The 2007 Lexus GS 450h is a four-door sedan with more horsepower than you would find in a normal sports sedan. This stunning hybrid vehicle has a high list of technical features and a great hybrid engine, making it the perfect package comprised of performance, technology and comfort.

 

2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid – The 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid is fast becoming a front-runner in the new hybrid sedan generation. This vehicle is eco-friendly, user-friendly and extremely easy on the pocket book at only around $26,000.

 

2007 Honda Civic Hybrid – Honda has a great reputation for its practical economy vehicles, which is quite apparent in its 2007 Civic Hybrid, which is designed to be light on fuel, and built well with a plethora of interior options. This vehicle makes a great commuter sedan, and is a fine way to get to work and to be friendly to the environment at the same time.

 

2006 Honda Accord Hybrid – The 2006 Honda Accord Hybrid is a stylish and comfortable car that is an absolute pleasure to drive. However, the wisdom of buying one may be in question considering this vehicle’s limited audio capabilities, lower gas mileage capabilities and apparently much higher price tag. Luckily there are plenty of other Hybrid cars on the market today, and you are not limited to a single or limited choice for hybrid vehicles.

 

2005 Toyota Prius – The 2005 Toyota Prius is best known for its sophisticated power system and the fact that it can deliver comfort and excellent gas mileage. The Toyota Prius is a hybrid vehicle with CVT. Although many new hybrid vehicles have been released in recent years, the Toyota Prius is clearly still one of the best hybrid vehicles on the market today.

 

Green Vehicles Cost More — Fact or Fantasy?

A comment recently left to an article in a national publication states:

“I love the fantasy of creating a green economy. Very few people can afford green. Green cars cost a lot more than the regular variety. Very few are sold. And the payback for the extra cost is years, years. …” — marrtyy, manhattan”

Marrtyy, allow me to retort. HOGwash! The sad part is that people still believe this sort of ridiculous rhetoric. Nearly entirely absent of fact, “marrtyy ” in Manhattan would like to derail the entire “green economy” (as he calls it). Reality: Green need not cost any more. In fact, the opposite is true, when it comes to cars. They start at under $10k, run an average of $25-30k, and can be as high as well over $100k (Tesla). Custom conversions of existing cars can be pricey, but that’s still not mandatory, and less expensive conversions are possible.

Now let’s look at the up-side. Even with cheaper gas, the cost per mile to drive an electric vehicle is just a fraction of a gasoline or diesel car. If you’re paying 2 cents a mile for your electric car, that adds up VERY quickly, when stacked against 6 cents per mile — and 6 cents a mile is for a car getting 30 mpg, with gas at $1.60 a gallon. When it goes back up again, (and you can bet it will) the gap will be even greater. Driving 20,000 miles a year, that difference alone saves you a couple car payments every year. Then there’s the oil changes you don’t need, the cleaner air you enjoy, the money NOT being sent out of the country or handed over to Big Oil, that can be spent in your own neighborhood and here in the States. Sorry to burst your ignorance bubble, “marrtyy”, but electric cars make a lot of sense, and don’t cost more. In fact, they cost less, and that’s before Green is even factored in!

It’s going to be important that we who recognize the importance of this transition are armed with the facts, so that negative ignorance like that presented as fact by “marrtyy” isn’t seen as credible. Going Green doesn’t have to cost more, up-front or in the long run. It’s also important that Green companies not gouge and make his doom and gloom illusion come true.