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Eclectic Lip: Dieseldammerüng

image taken from despair.com’s latest t-shirt

Before we get to this message’s main event, I’ll throw another brief shoutout to Pope Francis. Sure, he leads one of the world’s socially most regressive organizations, but he seems to be pulling in the right direction, and ultimately, he’s not in fact that powerful — his level . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: Dieseldammerüng

Eclectic Lip: British Columbia hits 1,000 EV’s (and gov’t drops support)

image of Tesla Model S’s at a rally, from Consumer Reports

 

British Columbians have now purchased more than 1,000 plug-in electric vehicles. Add in low-speed neighbourhood electric vehicles and owner conversions, and the number will be a bit higher.

As of Jan 31, 2014 Polk research (now a division of IHS) had tracked . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: British Columbia hits 1,000 EV’s (and gov’t drops support)

Eclectic Lip: The 1-2-3′s of EV market share in the US

My article on the 1-2-3′s of electric vehicle adoption in the U.S. went up on GreenCarReports on the weekend. The commentary went through a title change – a procedure familiar to many famous writers, and many more of us unknown mediocrities. 🙂

About fifteen years after a publisher’s first impression of Jane Austen’s First . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: The 1-2-3′s of EV market share in the US

Eclectic Lip: December: a podcast premiere

The nice folks at http://www.thisweekinenergy.tv/ (TWiE) invited me to guest on their podcast on their late November episode, Good News, Bad News, Ugly News. While most of their guests are leading experts in their fields, and I’m just a talkative and reasonably-knowledgeable former fuel cell engineer, I heeded Gore Vidal’s wisdom and agreed. 🙂

It . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: December: a podcast premiere

Eclectic Lip: November EV (and FCV) musings

It’s been a busy month — busy enough that though one in seven Canadians crossed the border for Black Friday, I wasn’t one of them. (Like a further one in three Canadians, I did my shopping online. Bought me some books — and by books, I mean books so nerdy Aya will despair for Leo’s . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: November EV (and FCV) musings

Eclectic Lip: The quest for the golden meme

Golden mean image sourced here.

It’s been a pretty good month, in terms of writing. Over at GreenCarReports, I had my piece on September EV sales in Canada, a Canadian Thanksgiving-centric story riffing on the country’s nationwide EV charging network, and discussed what our EV drivers do, to get through Canadian winters.

Topping that . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: The quest for the golden meme

Eclectic Lip: Wiki-immortality!

My August Canadian EV car sales stats update went up recently. Which was cool.

Cooler still, I had a chance to wax poetic about sustainability, and my new-found optimism that we’ll avoid the worst of our dystopian horrors. I was invited to be a guest lecturer for an engineering course at UBC (APSC 150) . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: Wiki-immortality!

Eclectic Lip: Passing Gas – EV’s now outnumber gas stations, in America

My latest piece is up on GreenCarReports, here. It’s where I sourced the photo from. 🙂

And yes, putting “Passing Gas” in the title was deliberate. Hey, it’s catchy!

From what I can tell, electric vehicles also outnumber gas stations in Japan as well. Alas, Canadians are somewhat behind our American and Japanese (and . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: Passing Gas – EV’s now outnumber gas stations, in America

Eclectic Lip: The Innovator’s Dilemma, Toyota edition

This car — yes, this car — has impeded Toyota’s electric efforts

My post on how The Innovator’s Dilemma explains why Toyota lags in electric vehicles — and how Kleiber’s Law explains there’s nothing for them to worry about (yet), is now up on GreenCarReports.

While the Tesla stats were cooler to have dug . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: The Innovator’s Dilemma, Toyota edition

Eclectic Lip: The witless wisdom of Shai Agassi

Dunning-Kruger effect graphed by AddAttack on DeviantArt.

LinkedIn has an “opinion leader” piece from Shai Agassi, founder of bankrupt car-battery-switcher Better Place, telling carmakers how they need to respond to Tesla’s success. Who better to give them advice than a guy who raised $850 million for an ignorant, impractical, impossible business model, then drove . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: The witless wisdom of Shai Agassi

Eclectic Lip: Electron democracy

A long-belated companion to Steven Chu’s “Time to fix the wiring” essay I posted earlier, this is the white paper I co-authored for the same McKinsey & Company series. Given the roughly five-month delay in uploading this, I suppose “Time to post the writing” might be an apt subtitle… 🙂

Ever the stickler for citing . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: Electron democracy

Eclectic Lip: Number one!

Clearly, people really enjoyed the Canadian Tesla sales stats I was able to pull up via vehicle registration records. The article is now number one for the week! An article on Canadian stats topping an American website’s “recently popular” list. How about that! 🙂

I noticed that the good folks at the InsideEV’s website . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: Number one!

Eclectic Lip: Tesla sales in Canada, Jan-May 2013

My GreenCarReports article on Tesla Model S sales in Canada this year has been popular enough to reach second-place in GCR’s “Most Popular this week” sidebar.

Very cool, and almost certainly indicative of the fact that Tesla fans are starved for sales data! After all, the company is about as forthcoming with monthly sales . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: Tesla sales in Canada, Jan-May 2013

Eclectic Lip: April 2013 Canadian plug-in electric vehicle sales

My April update on Canadian plug-in car sales stats in Canada is now up at GreenCarReports. The Volt’s title reign continues — while the Prius Plug-in Prius dropped to fourth place!

As noted in the article, I think some of the Prius Plug-in’s challenges come from the fact that it’s a plug-in option on a . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: April 2013 Canadian plug-in electric vehicle sales

Eclectic Lip: Feb 2013 Canadian plug-in electric vehicle sales

Been a bit quiet on the blogging front recently, due to some gratifyingly awesome progress on separate writing projects — a trend likely to continue for another couple weeks at least.

In the meanwhile, my post on Canadian plug-in electric vehicle sales in Feb 2013, went up last week at GreenCarReports. The Volt won the . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: Feb 2013 Canadian plug-in electric vehicle sales

Eclectic Lip: Plug-in electric car sales in Canada, January 2013 (via GreenCarReports)

My column on plug-in car sales in Canada for January 2013, is now up at GreenCarReports. Since it’s hard to write ~600 words about sales statistics in the very small Canadian market, I discuss how Quebec — not B.C.! — is the leading province for plug-in vehicle adoption, and reasons why this might be the . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: Plug-in electric car sales in Canada, January 2013 (via GreenCarReports)

Eclectic Lip: Plug-in electric car sales in Canada, 2012 (via GreenCarReports)

My new adventures as a Canadian correspondent for GreenCarReports.com begin with this post. Readers are encouraged to show them some love. 🙂

My ongoing efforts to track Canadian EV sales figures (and those of a few other countries) remain visible here.

. . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: Plug-in electric car sales in Canada, 2012 (via GreenCarReports)

Eclectic Lip: EV stats for British Columbia (2012)

The kind people at CEV for BC sent over some statistics on Clean Energy Vehicle rebates issued by the provincial government.

While the CEV rebates were available for electric, natural gas, and fuel cell vehicles, my understanding is that the rebates break down as follows:

– 308x EV’s

– 0 NGV’s

. . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: EV stats for British Columbia (2012)

Eclectic Lip: VEVA: end-of-2012 stats updates, and Vancouver area charging station updates

(Cross-posted from the VEVA mailing list and LinkedIn group)

A few final updates, before the end of the year. 🙂

a) Metrotown’s charging stations — all 10 of them — should be up and running in January. I’ve been in touch with one of their project managers, who said he’d let us know when the . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: VEVA: end-of-2012 stats updates, and Vancouver area charging station updates

Eclectic Lip: Prius: a Crystal Anniversary (15 years)

A few Prius-inclined websites noted last week that Dec 10, 2012 marked the 15th anniversary of the Prius’ introduction in Japan. With the Prius (temporarily?) becoming the world’s 3rd-best-selling car brand in 2012, the anniversary probably deserves some reflection. 🙂

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As near as I can figure, Malcolm Gladwell-type book chapters start with a . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: Prius: a Crystal Anniversary (15 years)

Eclectic Lip: Cumulative Canadian (PH)EV sales (through Nov 2012)

It doesn’t look as if this data has been centralized on the web yet, so I’ll start.

Cumulative Canadian (PH)EV sales through Nov 2012 can be found at this link, here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ah8gcGMaITi4dHdoZzJYdHFvZldnZkRCRWxGbjhicEE

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The list is incomplete (for example, no Tesla data yet) but I’ll be trying to add that in, with each monthly update. . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: Cumulative Canadian (PH)EV sales (through Nov 2012)

Eclectic Lip: Green byelection blues

Alas, the Green Party didn’t pick any seats up in the Nov 26 Canadian federal by-elections. While their strong showings probably count as a real moral victory, I imagine at this stage they’d prefer amoral, real victories. 😉 As it turns out, Parliament’s composition is unchanged, “while my green heart gently weeps”. Despite donating to […] . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: Green byelection blues

Eclectic Lip: Plug-in Prius payback period…

I’ll start with a preamble, expressing hope that the tragedies and suffering from Hurricane Sandy can be limited to a minimum. And, recognizing that there are undoubtedly other tragedies I’m unaware of, whose victims are just as deserving of such hopes — I wish them the best as well.

I’ll also note that the Red . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: Plug-in Prius payback period…

Eclectic Lip: Plug-in Prius press

Today’s (Oct 12, 2012) Burnaby Now has an article on how we came to purchase our Plug-in Prius. Many thanks to Jennifer Moreau for making me sound articulate, and to Jason Lang for doing his valiant best with a not-quite-photogenic subject. 🙂

The photo was taken at a bank of charging outlets at BCIT’s Burnaby . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: Plug-in Prius press

Eclectic Lip: The plug-in has landed!

Yesterday (Sept 26) we had the pleasure of picking up our new Prius Plug-In, at a local dealership. Apparently it’s the first one sold in British Columbia (not including prototype vehicle testing fleets, which’ve been around a couple years, but weren’t available to the public for purchase). It’s so new, in fact, that Toyota salespeople . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: The plug-in has landed!