Parking lots and garages are about the worst thing we've ever done to the human race. But there is hope, says an MIT professor. And some great ideas are getting realized, including music festivals on garage roofs, gardens and solar canopies.
Three years after I first got behind the wheel, Coda Automotive has sold its first battery electric cars to paying customers. Now the hard part will be going beyond the early adopters on the waiting list.
The local gas retailer is just trying to sell his Slim Jims and Gatorade, and may not be making a dime on low-margin fuel. Still, 71 percent of price-strapped Americans would drive 5 minutes out of their way to save a nickel per gallon.
Forget the political bluster on gas pump pain. Prices go up for complicated factors that don't fit neatly on a bumper sticker. And presidents can't wave their magic wands and bring back $2.50 a gallon.
Some electric cars are home-brewed, ranging from insanely fast Porsche 911s and the White Zombie racer to a British Morris built in a backwoods shed. The EV Expo brought them all together with bike advocates and niche companies.