Grand EV Visions Coming Out of NAIAS 2012

Between Nissan's Carlos Ghosn and NREL's Terry Penny, the EV world is looking bright.

Published: 12-Jan-2012

DETROIT -- Lots of grand visions are floating about the Detroit auto show. Deep thinkers are pondering post-oil personal transportation. A few gutsy leaders are ponying up some serious money to finance their visions.

But most deep thoughts are on a practical level -- guys such as program manager Terry Penney at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo., who worries about scrap-metal thieves and wonders if an entrepreneur could make a living driving around overnight and recharging EVs at curbside.

In a world of finite resources, burgeoning population and 900 million light vehicles on the road, it's high time to consider long-term sustainability. What happens when the oil runs out?


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