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Going Green with Electric Cars - Energy Policy or Just Sexy? [Format Kindle]

Bernie Landoz

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This short book is an overview of how our electricity is currently generated, and alternative technologies for generating clean power. The focus is on the impact of a new class of automobiles, the electric car, on oil consumption, greenhouse gases, and the electric power grid. The reason for focusing on the electric car is because these cars have captured much attention recently, and digging into the impact of the electric car is a great opportunity to learn a bit about the complex topic of the future of energy.

The author, Bernie Landoz is not an energy expert. He is an investor and a lobbyist of sorts. But his position requires him to understand a variety of industries, one of which is the future of energy and the newest technologies in energy, which include the electric car and the smart power grid. Investors and lobbyists often end up knowing more than the experts about what's strategically important, because their focus is on breadth, not depth (i.e. the big picture).

Bernie illustrates his analysis based on industry data and his insight as an investor and lobbyist. He is using data from a variety of sources, and shares that data, but he emphasizes that his main point is not debating the fine details of the data. His focus is providing a reasonably accurate picture of the future of energy, and its relationship to automobiles, for the purposes of discussing energy policy and as input to an investment strategy for these new technologies.

This book is also an opportunity to understand how a large-scale investor and lobbyist thinks. More information about Bernie is available at www.bernielandoz.com.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A reality check to the real cost of ownership of todays electric cars and their environmental impact 2 novembre 2010
Par Emc2 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This self-publish e-book, which is actually more of an essay, presents quite a comprehensive reality check to the actual total cost of ownership of plug-in electric cars. The book also presents a very comprehensive discussion of the real price of all the clean energy sources that would allow EVs to recharge and operate without CO2 and other emissions, this is, the real cost of being truly green, and not just accounting for the tailpipe emissions in the point of operation as they are being marketed by carmakers and environmental advocates.

Always very skeptic and sometimes even sarcastic, Mr. Landoz makes a solid case to demonstrate that today's electric cars are worth the premium you will pay only if you really want to contribute to energy (oil) independence, or if you can afford the luxury to drive a sexy car. According to him, the truly environmentally friendly electric car is still ahead in the future, until the government decides to have an effective energy policy in place to clean the U.S. electricity generation matrix and get rid of cheap carbon and eventually natural gas too. Why? The following figures taken from the book are very eloquent:

* The US power generation comes 50% from coal, 21% from natural gas, 20% nuclear, 6% hydroelectric and 3% renewable. So, in many states EVs will emit more (well-to-wheels) than gasoline-powered vehicles. Vermont and Idaho are some of the exceptions. Other countries in a similar predicament are China (80% coal) and India (50% coal)

*On the other hand, EVs will be truly clean (well-to-wheels) in countries such as France (80% nuclear, 10% hydroelectric and only 10% coal), Switzerland (50% hydroelectric, 40% nuclear) or Canada (60% hydroelectric, 12% nuclear and only 22% coal).

Skeptical? Just read the article published by Scientific America in August 2010, entitled "The Dirty Truth about Plug-in Hybrids." The magazine presents an interactive tool that allows you to check how clean electricity generation is in each region of the U.S., and a comparison of plug-ins with regular hybrids. In several regions you are up for a surprise.

An abridged version is available for free in the author's blog, but for a little more than a dollar you will be able to read it at your convenience in your e-reader or iPad. Other complementary reading that are worthwhile as follow up include Plug-In Electric Vehicles: What Role for Washington?, Two Billion Cars: Driving Toward Sustainability, and the recently published High Voltage: The Fast Track to Plug In the Auto Industry.

PS: for a detailed and comprehensive take on the supply, carbon footprint and security issues surrounding energy do not miss The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Gets to the important points not covered elsewhere 25 février 2011
Par Mark D. Schaeffer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book starts off getting right to the point about how the objectives of oil independence, reducing greenhouse gases, and being economical are in conflict with each other, but this is largely overlooked by most of us who want to believe the electric cars are the answer to these problems because it simply sounds great. For example we can increase our oil independence by switching to an electric car infrastructure, but this may result in our burning more fossil fuels as coal and natural gas provide 70% of our electric power. I.e. without an energy policy, we might create more problems than we solve. The author, accurately, and sarcastically points out that the primary driver behind the demand for electric vehicles is that they are sexy and APPEAR to save the environment when in fact they pollute more and cost more money and this will be the case into the foreseeable future. He compares this with hybrids where the owner thinks they are saving money because the car consumes less fuel, but in fact they are more expensive than a non-hybrid (taking into account the cost of the vehicle and the tax benefits), and the real reason why people purchase hybrids is because they are sexy, and one can use the car pool lane (i.e. the marketing message and the side benefits are more important than all the other issues). He concludes with what appears to be a very insightful, and satirical statement about how the only way to develop the appropriate infrastructure and combat the oil lobby is to create a series of crisis - overload the power grid, burn more greenhouse gases, and then use the resulting electric car / infrastructure lobby to help deal policy in Washington to address these problems which would then be in the public eye.

Landoz then goes into a lot of detail about the economics, and greenhouse gas emissions of electric vehicles, and a variety of electricity generation technologies comparing them - coal, natural gas, solar, wind, nuclear, biodiesels, fuel cells included. It's detailed, but a very intuitive and easy read. He points out that an electric vehicle must be compared to a plug-in hybrid (not a regular gasoline car) and illustrates that for many reasons the pure electric vehicle (vs. a plug in hybrid) costs more money AND pollutes more (but does reduce our oil independence). However, in an entertaining and satirical tone points out that we must push forward with these technologies. It appears that Landoz is promoting the idea of electric vehicles and indicates that the industry is clearly moving in this direction, but it's not clear which technologies will win out. However, he points out that it's important than these industries first and foremost make money, even if they don't make sense because it will promote the whole industry and eventually get us to where we need to be - not efficient, but practical.

A quick and entertaining read, and provides a great framework for discussion of this critical topic and both a high / strategic level, and a detailed level.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent book, clearly details the fallacy of how "green" ... 2 juillet 2014
Par Bill Thomson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Excellent book, clearly details the fallacy of how "green" electric cars really are and their future dire impact on the energy production and climate change.
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