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Anita Talberg

Mar 24, 2014
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Electric vehicles can only help to reduce GHG emissions if the electricity grid is powered from renewable sources. If that power is fossil-fuel based then electric vehicles do very little to help reduce GHG emissions. Is there more to your proposal? For example, is there a long-term component to it that you have not elaborated on?

Ollie Danner

Mar 31, 2014
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Thanks for you input. Your point is very well taken and some states in the US are doing a better job of producing clean energy than others. I have a graphic that shows this which I can send you since this forum does not allow for image upload. You can email me at ollie @ electriccarpledge . org and I can send it to you. I'll be updating my proposal this week as we have partnered with government and private organizations to help advance our campaign.

Renu Yadav

May 15, 2014
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I believe pledging for electric vehicle should go hand in hand with pushing our state governments to clean up our state electric grid systems. Then only EVs would be able to truly and most effectively contribute towards climate change mitigation. Also,below mentioned link gives a pretty clear knowledge on how clean is an electric vehicle powered in different regions of united states: http://www.ucsusa.org/assets/images/cv/electric-cars-global-warming-emissions-fact-2.jpg Also, the government agencies of region with clean gird systems should also encourage people to opt for electric vehicle through sources like: subsidies, lower tax etc.

Renu Yadav

May 15, 2014
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I believe pledging for electric vehicle should go hand in hand with urging our state governments to clean up our state electric grid systems. Then only EVs would be able to truly and most effectively contribute towards climate change mitigation. The below mentioned link gives a good idea on how clean is an electric vehicle powered in different regions of united states: http://www.ucsusa.org/assets/images/cv/electric-cars-global-warming-emissions-fact-2.jpg Also, the government agencies of region with clean gird systems should encourage people to opt for electric vehicle through incentives like: subsidies, lower tax etc.

Dan Whittet

Jun 20, 2014
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I think making solar power more readily available for vehicle charging would reduce grid load. A program funded by gasoline or carbon tax to provide subsidized solar powered charging stations along interstate highways would go a long way to improve the picture for electric vehicles. At rest areas, charging stations completely supported by solar arrays could offer charging at a cost that was 50% of equivalent petroleum.

Climate Colab

Aug 5, 2014
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Excellent grassroot idea for increasing the appeal of EV in markets that they have not yet reached. Benefits/impacts are likely to be small but the costs are also small so this is likely a good cost/benefit option.

Brenda Turner

Aug 15, 2014
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We are doing outreach in the San Joaquin Valley to get more individuals to pledge to drive electric vehicles. We hear from those who already have electric vehicles that they love them. It helps the owner save money, decreases our dependence on foreign oil, and eliminates pollution -- a real concern in California. It is a win-win all around. Now we just need infrastructure to support the vehicles.

Sully Chaudry

Aug 15, 2014
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Encouraging the public to pledge to purchase an electric vehicle is a great way to raise their awareness. It would be nice to see a map of the zip codes where the pledges have come from, which would be useful data on some of the regions where EV availability may need to increase.

Ollie Danner

Aug 15, 2014
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Excellent idea Sullyc2014. We're working on that now. We have the data, just need to show it graphically.

Ollie Danner

Aug 15, 2014
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Agreed Brenda. I think the best to get new EV drivers on the road and is to have them speak to existing EV drivers. Yes, the infrastructure is definitely a big hurdle at this point but I see businesses getting on board. We are seeing more businesses contact us daily for charging station information.

Adam Spanier

Aug 15, 2014
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Our government could take a cue from Japan as they have raised the bar for governments subsidizing zero-emission cars; as it pledges incentives that may exceed $30,000 a vehicle for Toyota's Hydrogen Car.

Michelle Kinman

Aug 15, 2014
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Given that California's transportation sector creates more greenhouse gas emissions than any other single source in the state -- 38%, it's critical that we accelerate the transition to electric cars, trucks and buses!

Benjamin Roussey

Aug 15, 2014
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Electric cars are possibly the future. Energy prices would be cheaper if the attack on coal ended. Coal is awesome and American is loaded in it. Electric cars could have charging stations all over America with low priced energy if America understood how regulations are hurting jobs and itself.

Paul Gipe

Aug 15, 2014
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This idea can really get people to make the leap to EVs by getting them to make a commitment--even if only a "pledge".

Ollie Danner

Aug 15, 2014
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Hi Paul.....what we hear the most are questions about charging, charging station locations, ranges, and rebates. I think if we can address these concerns, it will put more people into EVs.

Benjamin Roussey

Aug 15, 2014
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Electric cars are outstanding. Tesla is awesome. They give out their patents for free. That is such a novel idea. Anything that gets us off Saudi Arabia oil is amazing.

Marty Kassowitz

Aug 15, 2014
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Raising awareness of electric cars could not be more important. Sales in the past year have grown 70%, but we're just getting started and most people have little clue how great these cars really are and how fast they are improving!

Mark Mitchell

Aug 16, 2014
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Rebates, rebates, rebates. Most of your choices for EV are loaded up with all the options the car company can provide. Higher rebates or subsidies to at least cover those option costs would go a long way to help push the EV idea.

Charlie Jardine

Aug 18, 2014
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This is a great Pledge. I work for the UK's leading charge point manufacture, POD Point. This kind of scheme is what the industry needs to progress. Keep it going!

Mark Johnson

Aug 21, 2014
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Charging station terra mapping/counts support the future "palatability" of electric vehicles. Tesla has set up its first coast-to-coast charging station route. It's battery plant is geared up for mega outputs for future applications.

Ollie Danner

Aug 25, 2014
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Great points Ecolite. Building EV infrastructure is just as important as increasing battery range. A Tesla driver just went from Mexico to Alaska... http://ca.autoblog.com/2014/08/23/tesla-model-s-driver-roadtrip-from-mexico-to-alaska/?a_dgi=aolshare_facebook Consumer education is probably the most important thing we can do. Our site gets quite a few people asking some basic questions about EVs and charging stations. The number of questions have increased every month and our goal is to be a single source of information and to do public outreach programs like our EV Festivals and Ride-Drive Events at workplaces. As businesses install more charging stations, we will see an exponential increase in EV sales.

Ollie Danner

Aug 25, 2014
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Here's something that a local group called the San Joaquin Valley Electric Vehicle Partnership is doing to help promote the adoption of electric vehicles, ev infrastructure, education and job training.... http://www.electriccarpledge.com/electric-vehicles-driving-effort-to-clean-up-the-san-joaquin-valleyrs-polluted-air/

Tom Morris

Aug 28, 2014
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range is the key to wider adoption. I would buy a leaf if it had a 200 mile range on one charge.

Ollie Danner

Aug 28, 2014
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Very true tominga about the 200 mile range...that seems to the magic number for an affordable 100% EV. However, it's all relative to your driving needs...for many people...100 mile range is perfect. We'll get there. There's news everyday about new battery technology and the auto makers are making a concerted effort to increase battery range. Also, it's that as we build out the charging station infrastructure, the ranges will increase...decreasing the need for higher ranges. And it's not just any charging stations that we need...they should be Level 3 so that charges can take place in 15 minutes or less.

Ollie Danner

Sep 1, 2014
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As part of our marketing outreach, we are hosting a local Electric Vehicle Festival as part of National Drive Electric Week. http://www.electriccarpledge.com/electric-vehicle-events/bakersfield-electric-vehicle-festival/

Climate Colab

Sep 3, 2014
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The CO2 emission impacts of EVs will vary with the power generation system in place. The proposal should at least acknowledge that and in principle also push for less CO2 emission electricity generation. This appears very similar to activities already undertaken by the U.S. DOE. the DOE has a workplace charging challenge underway and the Alternative Fuels Data Center has links to most of the information you are proposing. There are a few interesting, unique ideas to promote EVs. I like the picture idea; early adopters are frequently motivated by the desire to be "green" and be seen having the latest technology, i.e, one reason why the Prius vastly outsold all other HEVs that were based on and looked like conventional vehicles. The cost is minimal and every little bit helps. Please keep up the work. This should be easy to implement, I would have hoped for a bit more innovative ideas to promote EVs and charging stations, but well, we have to start somehow. Sometimes simple ideas can be powerful.EVs are a key component in a comprehensive sustainable energy transition strategy. This pledge, if administered correctly, is a low-cost, high visibility way of increasing awareness to the public but also to the officials and businesses for the demand of EVs and the necessity of associated infrastructure.It complements the eRev proposal nicely. The authors only proposed to increase the EV benefit awareness in order to increase EV diffusion. Therefore, they did not propose any real innovation. Moreover the EV diffusion is limited so far by more challenging structural problems which are not faced at all.

Hemant Wagh

Sep 6, 2014
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Reducing CO2 emissions in the transportation sector is a useful approach and the pledge will help. Could we consider adding to this pledge " I will save the seeds of fruits that I & my Family eats during the year and spread &/or help spread the saved seeds onto unused land for the fruit-trees to grow"! This activity would help increase the green cover and provide fruits free of cost to everyone. Along with marine a land bases CCS program would be beneficial. A proposal outlining such an approach is available. Following is a link to such a proposal. https://www.climatecolab.org/web/guest/plans/-/plans/contestId/1300103/planId/1310401 This would bolster the efforts directed at finding workable solution to climate change..

Osero Shadrack Tengeya

Sep 17, 2014
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Hi , kindly consider voting for my proposal shown on this link. https://www.climatecolab.org/web/guest/plans/-/plans/contestId/1300206/planId/1002 Thanks.

Anne-marie Soulsby

Sep 23, 2014
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Hi Electric Car Pledge, Please consider voting for my proposal, https://www.climatecolab.org/web/guest/plans/-/plans/contestId/1300801/planId/1309001 Good luck with your entry! Asante/Thank-you @conserveaction
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