From Surf To Mountains In Electric Bolt

Earth 2017 Founder Bill Roth drove from Oceanside to Palm Desert, crossing the Santa Rosa Mountains, in an all electric GM Chevy Bolt using just a single battery! charge.

Earth 2017 Founder Bill Roth drove from Oceanside to Palm Desert, crossing the Santa Rosa Mountains, in an all electric GM Chevy Bolt using just a single battery! charge.

“I would have never tried that in my electric car!”

That was the surprised reaction I received from an all electric Nissan Leaf owner after explaining how I had driven the Chevy Bolt over the Santa Rosa Mountain Range from Oceanside into Palm Desert. That climb is beyond the range of all electric cars except the $100,000 Tesla S.

I had just done it with a $30,000 (after tax credits) Chevy Bolt carrying two passengers, some day bags and a dog. Continue reading

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Developing A Smart and Solar Medical Building

Smart and solar medical building Earth 2017 Bill Roth For too many American businesses, installing their own solar system is blocked by solar killing utility tariffs.

Local permitting can also be a solar killer. For many permitting departments, a solar project gains extra attention despite being proven technologically with thousands of permitted precedences.

The first of this two part article series profiled these key issues.

This second article provides a case study on how a solar project can still be successfully developed in the face of solar killing utility rate designs and extra city permitting attention. Continue reading

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Two Keys To Successfully Installing Commercial Solar

Commercial solar Earth 2017 Bill RothInstalling solar on your commercial building can make a lot of money. But it can also be a nightmare.

What makes developing solar power such a hit or miss process?

A key determining factor is how your utility prices electricity. If your building’s electric bill has a non-coincident demand charge then that could be an an unsurmountable economic mountain for a solar project to overcome.

The second determining factor is how your city approaches solar permitting. Because time is money, a city that approaches solar permitting as an event requiring added attention could threaten its financial success.

The great news is that emerging smart technologies and batteries are increasingly overcoming solar-killing utility rate designs. Ironically, these same technologies may create permit approval challenges that endangers its economics. Continue reading

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Bolt Is The First All Electric Affordable Sports Car

Bolt Earth 2017 Bill Roth FuturistGM loaned me an all electric Chevy Bolt for a long weekend test drive. My first reaction? Good looking four door sedan.

Then I drove it. The Bolt is fast!

That is not unique among among electric vehicles. I test drove an all electric Tesla S. Its acceleration pushed me back into my seat. But that was $100,000 car.

A Chevy Bolt is fast and affordable. You can buy a Bolt for less than $30,000, after tax credits.

But that is not why you should test drive a Bolt. Imagine being at the January 9, 2007 Macworld Expo where Steve Jobs introduced the first iPhone. Test driving a Bolt is a similar opportunity. Driving a Bolt is like experiencing the future and really liking it! Continue reading

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How America’s Food Revolution Impacts Your Sales Success

Aligning with these customers on their issues of price, convenience, authenticity and health is the key to your business sales success!

Aligning with these customers on their issues of price, convenience, authenticity and health is the key to your business sales success!

The old recipe for business success was so simple. The three key ingredients were everyday low prices, convenience and uniform products. Think McDonalds. Low prices, drive-through windows and the same tasting of Big Mac sold around the world.

Today, that formula is out the window.

Three consumers groups, with their own individual agendas, are reshaping how businesses win on price, convenience and product design. This trend is most clear in food sales. But its impacts are being felt by every business in America. Continue reading

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Millennials and Food Tech Are DrivIng America’s Top Ten Food Trends

80,000 attended the 2017 Natural Product Expo as natural foods win over 30% of all food sales!

80,000 attended the 2017 Natural Product Expo as natural foods win over 30% of all food sales!

Millennials, and an explosion of healthier new products enabled through future tech, are driving America past sodas and fast foods. Tellingly, a beverage milestone was achieved while I attended the 2017 Natural Product Expo West. Americans are now buying more bottle water than soda.

The new recipe for food and beverage sales success is to be healthy, cool, diverse and meaningful. This new sale success recipe now accounts for a third of our food and beverage purchases totaling almost $200 billion annually. Continue reading

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Veyo Is Delivering On Future Tech’s Promise For The Disadvantaged

ford-transit-connect-wheelchair-van-rear-entryVeyo is an example of future’s tech exciting path toward inclusivity. Veyo is using future tech tools like big data and predictive software to deliver lower cost, higher performance non-emergency medical transportation (EMT) for the economically disadvantaged.

Veyo is at the heart of future tech’s mass market economic potential for providing all Americans with goods and services that are cheaper, easier to use, safer and healthier. Continue reading

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