Solving America’s Housing Shortage

America's Affordable Housing CrisisAmerica is in a housing crisis. The average list price of a U.S. home is now 25% higher than the medium home value. More Americans are renting than at any point over the last 50 years. Rent in hundreds of U.S. cities now represents as much as 45% of total consumer expenditures.

This housing crisis is an eminent threat to our economy. The cities most negatively impacts by housing costs increases are also the cities driving American economic growth. 15% of America’s counties covering cities like San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Austin, Seattle, Portland and Denver generate almost two-thirds of annual gross domestic production.

High housing costs are also reducing consumer buying power. Consumers account for 75% of our country’s economic activity. The more they have to spend on housing, the less they have to spend with other businesses.

Increasing our affordable housing stock, most especially in our high growth cities, is mission critical if America is to achieve 3% economic growth. Continue reading

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Historic First As Renewable Energy Exceeds Nuclear Power

DSC_00282007 was a technology milestone year. It was the year that Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone.

2017 may be viewed as a similar milestone year. For the first time in history, renewable energy supplied more electricity into the U.S. grid than nuclear power.

Why is this such a milestone event?

It portends a technology mega shift that will lower electric bills, reduce emissions and enable electric cars. It will also mark mass adoption of a destructive value creation process that will reshape the electric utility industry. Continue reading

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Making Money In The Climate Change Economy

The Secret Green Sauce Bill Roth Earth 2017 Green Business CoachThe world is getting warmer due to human pollution.

So what? Is this impacting your sales or costs today?

Approaching climate change like this will doom your business success. Climate change is the canary in the mine singing, “the Industrial Age is over.”

Think Sears, coal and telephone lines. Now consider Internet retail, solar and cellular mobility.

Millennials are now the most employed demographic in America. Which of these six business models align with millennial generation values?

Which ones have a declining cost curve?

Which ones will have less regulation because they have a smaller environmental footprint?

The question being raised by the Information Age is:

Will your business adopt a change culture that embraces four key technologies that solve climate change and win customers? Continue reading

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Have You Bought Your Last Car

This VW concept vehicle is an example of autonomous driving, all electric vehicles that will eliminate the need to own a car!

This VW concept vehicle is an example of autonomous driving, all electric vehicles that will eliminate the need to own a car!

I just bought a hybrid electric SUV. It is a stunning piece of technology. This five passenger, four wheel drive vehicle is rated by the EPA for 34 city, 30 highway gasoline mileage. I got over 40 MPG cruising the Pacific Coast Highway along side restored VW buses and vintage Corvettes.

But the real technology breakthrough is that this is no Prius or Ford Pinto. This SUV leaps up a highway ramp from the torque generated by its electric motors and the horsepower from the combustion engine.

This SUV is also smart! It has 360 degree radar sensors that will slow, or even stop, the vehicle if I fail to anticipate a potential collision. It’s cruise control is a marvel. It will seamlessly slow or accelerate to maintain a safe distance between vehicles.

Now here’s the shocking news being created by Silicon Valley Auto Manufacturers Row. By 2030 all of this marvelous technology will be obsolete. By 2030, Silicon Valley Auto Manufacturer Row plans to launch an autonomous electric vehicle economy that will save the average household $5,600 annually.

With those kinds of cost savings, we may all have bought our last car, truck or SUV! Continue reading

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Electric Cars Are Your Next Hot Consumer Electronic Purchase

The Tesla S is a breakthrough all electric car. The upcoming Tesla 3 maybe the first car you buy that was designed as a consumer electronic device!

The Tesla S is a breakthrough all electric car. The upcoming Tesla 3 maybe the first car you buy that was designed as a consumer electronic device!

How the all electric GM Chevy Bolt is designed more like a smartphone than a car![/caption]Have you driven a Tesla S? You have to. It has a cool factor that competes with Ferraris.

Yes, it has a $100,000 price tag. That is too pricey for most of us. But until you get in the driver seat of a Tesla and punch the accelerator you will not appreciate the growing excitement over electric cars. The world changes when you are sitting inside a four passenger luxury car that can smoke a muscle car from 0-60.

Think iPhone in terms of future car designs

The Tesla S is a breakthrough technology because it is designed as a consumer electronics device. Think iPhone in 2007. Before the iPhone, and now the Tesla S, there was nothing like it.

Like a smart phone, the Tesla S is designed around continuously updated software.

For example, I programmed a trip from San Diego to San Francisco into the car’s large iPad sized digital display. The software not only mapped the route but also routed for recharging stops. But was amazing, the recharging stops are continuously updated based on actual driving experience. The software will never let you experience range anxiety. Continue reading

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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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