This is a celebratory time, when we combine time with family and
friends with thoughts about 2011 and our concerns for so many aspects
of our future. We can acknowledge our successes in beginning to
change the auto industry, and think about what comes next. We hope
you readers of CalCars-News are thinking about what you'll do next
year to continue to address the giant challenges presented by our
global dependence on fossil fuels. And we hope BEFORE YEAR-END you'll
contribute, if you haven't done so already, to CalCars and the many
other organizations working on behalf of your globe and its
inhabitants. More on that below. Plus stay tuned for news in the next
few days about a CalCars event to celebrate the arrival in California
of the Chevy Volt!
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Below is a list of or worthy organizations. But first we ask you to
help CalCars continue our efforts. Any donation IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS
will have a huge benefit in enabling us to make a big splash for the
delivery of the first production plug-in hybrids to Felix (world's
first consumer owner of a PHEV) and Ron (developer and driver of the
world's first Prius converted PHEV).
If you've never contributed, this is a good time to consider a
donation as a "performance bonus" based on our success since 2002!
We're working on five priority areas:
* Ensuring the successful roll-out of the first PHEVs and EVs.
* Promoting the idea of the importance of gas-guzzler conversions as
the big next step after new plug-ins.
* Connecting individuals and groups who want to work on both these issues.
* Working with thought-leaders, legislators, journalists to advance
these goals and combat misinformation.
* Speaking publicly and showing our vehicles at public and private events.
DONATE at http://www.calcars.org/sponsor.html
contributions by credit card, Paypal, Google Checkout or check.
MANY OTHERS are promoting broad vehicle electrification and awareness
about the need for imminent action on climate change. We're not
including the large and well-established national organizations. We
apologize in advance if our selected list misses others you like; see
more at http://www.calcars.org/partners
. We encourage you to join and support:
* PLUG IN AMERICA http://www.pluginamerica.org
advocates broadly for
all kinds of EVs and PHEVs. See PIA's entertaining new video ads
(fourth one just out) at http://www.youtube.com/pluginamerica
* ELECTRIC AUTO ASSOCIATION http://www.electricauto.org/
dozens of local chapters and events.
* PROJECT GET READY http://www.projectgetready.org
and toolkits to promote the arrival of plug-in vehicles. Its original
sponsor is Rocky Mountain Institute http://www.rmi.org
"Reinventing Fire" situates plug-in cars centrally in the vision of a
* 350.ORG http://www.350.org
is a highly energetic grass-roots
organization using creative ways to create a global movement to solve
the climate crisis.
* If you work in CLEANTECH or want to, check out and consider joining
three organizations: ENVIRONMENTAL ENTREPRENEURS
and CLEAN ECONOMY NETWORK
both advocate for a new business
model to power the world and employ people in businesses that nurture
instead of plunder. And CLEANTECH OPEN http://www.cleantechopen.org
is where people with new ideas build companies.
Finally, GM's Auction of the first Volt raised $225K for the Detroit
Public Schools Foundation http://volt.charitybuzz.com/
considering auctioning off Felix's historic and still well-running
converted Prius. If you'd like to help, contact us at info@...
Thanks for your continuing interest, support, and help!
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Felix Kramer fkramer@...
Founder California Cars Initiative
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