Writer Joseph White comments on the challenges facing plug-in technology but includes enough about California’s drive for cleaner air to be hopeful about the coming electric car revolution. He concludes his piece:
And that’s where Hawaii can play a role. Ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) and plug-ins could amount to a “dream green team” – a marriage of renewable pollution-free electricity generation with pollution-free electric cars. Talk about a revolution; it would be running your car with ocean power, a heady concept.
You Can’t Drive to this Island
Elsewhere in his commentary, White notes “...Toyota decided to go with the flow (toward plug-ins), announcing plans to field a test of plug-in hybrids by 2010 for tightly controlled use in fleets."
An island in the Hawaiian chain might well be the perfect “tightly controlled” test location for electric vehicles. We’ve written here at Hawaii Energy Options that one island in particular – Lanai – has tremendous potential for such a test.
We’d be thinking along those lines if we were the island's owner, but we’re not, so we’re just speculating here. But in light of the owner’s renewable energy plans for Lanai, speculation at the right time and place can't hurt.
And who knows? In addition to being an island owner with big dreams, maybe Mr. Murdock is a ‘net surfer, too.