Future Shock Of Autonomous Electric Vehicle Economy

How public policy addresses the future shock of an electric vehicle economy sold through Mobility As A Service will determine America's economic future.

How public policy addresses the future shock of an electric vehicle economy sold through Mobility As A Service will determine America’s economic future.

The autonomous electric vehicle economy is poised to deliver lower costs that will reshape our lives.

The first article in this two part series outlined the price leadership that autonomous electric vehicles will win through a mobility as service (MaaS) business model. The average household is projected to save $5,600 annually from using MaaS.

As a least cost solution, the autonomous electric vehicle is projected to win 30-40% marketshare from traditional fossil fueled vehicle ownership by 2030.

This second article outlines the public policy issues created by such a tidal wave of change. Continue reading

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Massive Cost Savings Will Propel Electric Vehicle Economy

VW's concept vehicle designed around consumer electronics using electric + autonomous driving technologies

VW’s concept vehicle designed around consumer electronics using electric + autonomous driving technologies

Electric vehicles, like the rest of the products emerging from the Green Economic Revolution, will win market share because they cost less.

An electric vehicle economy, sold through a mobility as service (MaaS) business model, is poised to reshape our vehicles and how we pay for them.

MaaS will deliver transformative lower prices by:

  • Displacing fossil fuels with lower cost renewable electricity
  • Reducing vehicle maintenance costs by displacing mechanical systems with electronics
  • Reducing labor with autonomous driving vehicles
  • Lowering consumer costs with digitally purchased incremental mobility services compared to vehicle ownership .

MaaS is project to be four to 10 times cheaper than owning a car.

The average American household is projected to save $5,600 annually. Continue reading

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Electric Cars Now Make Business Sense

Earth 2017 Founder Bill Roth test drives the all electric Bolt  to access its use as a business vehicle.

Earth 2017 Founder Bill Roth test drives the all electric Bolt to access its use as a business vehicle.

Should your business consider buying an electric car? The time has arrived where the answer is yes!

Electric car economics are now compelling. They cost less to fuel than gasoline engine cars. With no need for oil changes, and fewer moving parts, they have lower maintenance costs.

Range anxiety, and a dearth of recharging stations, has been a major reason why businesses have not consider electric cars. The GM Chevy Bolt is breakthrough technology for electric cars. At a Chevy price, it delivers a 238 miles driving range on a fully charged battery. Especially in urban business driving, the Bolt is a business solution that delivers lower costs with zero tailpipe emissions. Continue reading

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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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