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Are dreams of electric cars, sustainable energy and local food production just 'green illusions'? Ozzie Zehner thinks so, but is he right? Chip Yates has a close call in his quest to be the first to fly faster than 200 mph in an electric Long EZ. Don Bowen highlights how to improved the EV charging experience and we look micro-mobiilty through the eyes of Daisuke Iguchi.
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INSIDER ILLUSTRATED EDITION 12.29

IT'S A SMALL, SMALLER WORLD

You will note that there is a recurring theme in this edition: what I’ll call first and last mile mobility. It begins with Ozzie Zehner’s controversial assessment that ‘green’ technologies like solar, wind, and electric cars are ‘illusions.’ For Zehner the answer isn’t LEAFs, Volts and Karma’s, but bicycles, bus rapid transit, and our own two feet. There is, of course, another option, especially for city dwellers of the future: micro-mobility, which, it just so happens, is the sweet spot for EV technology today. Where the 80 mile range of the LEAF is a problem for most suburbanites, the 30 mile range of the Twizy and the emerging class of short-range runabouts, is ideal. The battery -- and the cost -- of the vehicle can be reduced, as well as the size, reducing both the physical footprint of the vehicle and its local emissions. According to recent reports, the Renault Twizy, the first mass-produced model in this class, is outselling more conventional electric cars by 10-to-1 in Europe. Since its introduction in Germany in April of this year, the company has sold 1,000 of them. As we move back into our city centers, these smaller, nimbler, more affordable micro-vehicles will benefit.

OZZIE ZEHNER'S GREEN ILLUSIONS

Not since Bjorn Lomborg published the “The Skeptical Environmentalist” has a book stirred up such controversy as Ozzie Zehner’s provocative “Green Illusions,” which pretty much deflates any expectations that green technologies and electric cars will enable society to continue down its current energy-intensive path. Instead of simply substituting wind for coal and solar for nuclear power, or electric cars for gasoline ones, society is going to have to reappraise its values and learn to live a leaner, though not necessarily meaner, way of life in the 21st Century.

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