Silicon Valley Execs Get Behind Plug-In Hybrids
By early next year, 100 Silicon Valley executives will be driving plug-in hybrids, The mercury news reports. That will more than double the number of plug-ins on North American roads.
The Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s chief executive, Carl Guardino, is organizing the plug-in push.
Clean & Green, the group’s 11th annual projections report, due to be released today according to the Mercury news, suggests that if three percent of light-duty vehicles were replaced locally by plug-ins, about 2,000 tons of carbon dioxide would be eliminated each day. The report will be the centerpiece of a public event this week when business leaders join with elected officials Wednesday morning at Santa Clara University.
The vehicles, most likely converted Toyota Prius models, have bigger batteries and add a plug, which makes them able to run solely on electricity for much greater distances than a traditional hybrid. While the U.S. is behind in battery development, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group will work with one of two U.S. companies – A123Systems of Massachusetts or Valence Technology of Texas and their local affiliates – to get the hybrid conversions done. The companies eventually plan to try to sell these batteries to automakers.
Energy Manager News
- Driving Energy Efficiency by Improving the Owner/Tenant Relationship
- Case Study: Fast Payback in New York City
- $8M Project to Upgrade Chillicothe (OH) Correctional Institute
- Three Trends Align to Save Buildings Millions in Energy Costs
- Law Bars Energy Providers from Charging Early Termination Fees in the Event of Death
- Corporations Spend Big on Ballot Initiatives, Crushing Ratepayer Opposition
- Texas Retailer Offers Instant Rebate for Rooftop Solar, Offers High Credits for Excess Solar
- Local, State and the Federal Government Excel at Energy Efficiency