Thanks for EV World + info on California Car Company Initiative
- I always anticipate the arrival of my Tuesday digest...Every week I
get more inspiration, ideas, and confirmation that we're on the right
track. Nowhere else do I find such a good assemblage of useful info.
(Other sources people may want to check out include the daily EV
Today at http://www.eintoday.com -- but it's not as wide-ranging, you
have to subscribe separately to EV, fuel cells, etc., and it's not
[CalCarCo introduction follows]:
I'm the founder of a group in the Bay Area on a regional and state
response to the lagging leadership to adopting efficient, non-
polluting automotive technologies. Our goal is to create a virtual
car company to market and then build (with auto industry and other
partners) a vehicle integrating a range of new technologies,
including composite materials, steer-by-wire controls and full
networking, powered by plug-in hybrids, followed by fuel cells --
aimed at early adopters and far-seeing institutions in the world's
most receptive market for a "no sacrifices" high performance, zero-
emission "California Car". Our starting point is RMI/Hypercar's work
(we have good relations with the company and with Amory Lovins.)
You may know about Eclipse Aviation, Vern Raburn's virtual turbofan
plane company, http://www.eclipseaviation.com whose product is now
entering FAA testing after pre-selling nearly 1000 planes for future
delivery. (Their chairman is Harold Poling, retired Ford CEO.) We're
inspired by several aspects of their business model. If successful
CalCarCo can have an enormous impact, potentially transforming the
auto, metal, and energy extraction and production industries.
Our effort aims to begin getting much better cars on the road within
five years, fully integrating and optimizing technologies that are
becoming available (as existing car companies may not). This "jump-
start" begins by pre-selling to fleet customers from state and local
governments, corporations, plus Bay Area and Los Angeles
environmentalists, car fans, people who want to do something about
global warming and energy security -- and folks who want the right to
drive the Bay Area's crowded highways alone in carpool lanes!
The initial group of about 25 people who came together on July 30 in
Palo Alto were a diverse and knowledgeable group of entrepreneurs,
technologists, environmentalists and communicators with a high
interest level and lots of good ideas. As a result of this meeting,
we're putting together a set of working groups to expand the number
of people involved and build the initiative. We've started
discussions and contacts with people in Sacramento, car-sharing
companies, environmentalists, and others -- but putting this together
is still an very uphill effort.
We're on the lookout especially for auto-industry insiders and for
serial entrepreneurs with an ineluctable attraction to challenging
More details at http://www.nlightning.com/calcarcosummary.pdf (a PDF
>More details at http://www.nlightning.com/calcarcosummary.pdf (a PDFThanks for posting the info. I will be curious to see what electric utilities,
if any, you are able to line up as fleet customers. If they do sign up with
you, I will be curious to see if they are "punished" by the oil industry.
I will be also curious to see where you will sell outside the state of
California. I see no reason for 13% (or whatever it is) of the country's
population to be the limit of the market for these types of cars.
>More details at http://www.nlightning.com/calcarcosummary.pdf (a PDFI see: it's about building in California for Californians, now that I've looked
at the pdf.