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Re: PEV article in the NY Times today!

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  • murdoch_1998
    I thought the story came out very well. Here is a link to the story at the nytimes.com website link of the article:
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 31, 2004
      I thought the story came out very well.

      Here is a link to the story at the nytimes.com website link of the


      The last time I checked, their policies were that they would allow
      free access to anyone to stories for about 7 days. After that, you'd
      have to pay for access to an older article. I think maybe the LA
      Times is a bit like this also. My own practice in the face of this
      problem has generally been that if I know I really like an article
      and can get to it while it is still free, I sometimes mail the full
      text to myself so I have a saved copy.

      I will have to delete the full message here in this group containing
      the full text of the article (and just leave this message up, which
      has just a few paragraphs quoted), because just as evworld.com wants
      some folks who pay for premium subscriptions to have access to the
      for-pay articles, there is also the question of respecting other
      publications' choice to charge for copyrighted materials.

      But please do not let this discourage from the main point, which is
      that it's good to see networking here in this group to create such
      articles, and to pass on references to them.

      --- In evworld@yahoogroups.com, "evnrgman" <seth@e...> wrote:
      > Taking Hills in a Single Glide
      > >>
      > >> December 31, 2004
      > >> By CHRIS DIXON
      > >>
      > >> YOU just turn the key," said Kevin Penrose, pointing to the
      > >> L.E.D. controls on a flat-black, well-wired mountain bike
      > >> outside Electric Cyclery, his tiny, nondescript shop on the
      > >> Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach, Calif. "The thumb
      > >> lever is the throttle, and this button is for turbo mode.
      > >> If you go downhill, the blue light will show when the
      > >> regenerative charging kicks in."
      > >>
      > >> These days, a visit to Costco, Wal-Mart, a local auto-parts
      > >> store or even eBay will present you with what may seem a
      > >> baffling array of two-wheel electric vehicles that promise
      > >> to make commuting a breeze, or serve as the best toy a kid
      > >> ever had. Aside from having two wheels, the common thread
      > >> among these personal electric vehicles, or P.E.V.'s, is a
      > >> 24- or 36-volt lead-acid or nickel metal hydride battery, a
      > >> 250- to 1,500-watt electric motor and the ability to go as
      > >> fast as 40 miles per hour and as far as 40 miles on a
      > >> single charge.
      > >>
      > >> Sales of P.E.V.'s, have increased anywhere from 40 to 200
      > >> percent annually over the last three or four years in the
      > >> United States, said Seth Leitman, an alternative
      > >> transportation consultant for New York State and, more
      > >> recently, a P.E.V. retailer. And even though much of the
      > >> market is made up of inexpensive imports that can be
      > >> unreliable (in September, Target stores announced the
      > >> recall of nearly 75,000 of its $200 Chinese-made Red Dragon
      > >> and E-Scooters), a significant portion of it is composed of
      > >> more expensive, powerful machines that offer the range,
      > >> sturdiness and reliability to serve as genuine
      > >> transportation aids. Mr. Penrose said that at his store he
      > >> was having no trouble finding customers for his two-wheel
      > >> stand-up electric scooters, larger, sit-down electric
      > >> motorcycles and the wired-up mountain bike he was showing,
      > >> the WaveCrest Tidal Force.
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