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Notes from the Road: ECO:nomics

Toyota will be launching a fuel cell vehicle in California in 2015

Toyota will be launching a fuel cell vehicle in California in 2015

Earlier this month, I attended The Wall Street Journal’s ECO:nomics conference where top business and environmental leaders, policy makers and entrepreneurs met to discuss the intersection of business and the environment. This wasn’t a sudden embrace of the green movement by the preeminent business newspaper in the U.S. — it was a very realistic look at both the opportunities and threats that these companies face from environmental issues. Here’s a peek at what these leaders are thinking about food and fuel issues.

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Test Drive an EV This Weekend

National Plug In Day

At some National Plug In Day events, you can learn how to incorporate solar into your energy plan so you can "drive on sunshine."

If you’re tired of ballooning gas costs, you’re curious about those nifty new electric car-charging stations installed at your grocery store or office — or you live in one of these 10 states, it might be time to get serious about plug-in electric vehicles. This weekend you can do just that at National Plug In Day, a series of free events happening in more than 90 cities around the country.

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The Falling Costs of Electric Vehicles

2013 Nissan Leaf

The 2013 Nissan LEAF. Photo courtesy of Nissan.

What if you could drive an electric vehicle for virtually nothing? In some states, this is actually possible, as a recent Wall Street Journal article reports. Several car companies are offering discount leases this year, the federal government offers a $7,500 tax credit, and several states offer additional credits and incentives. Learn how Georgia resident Bronson Beisel, fared on a lease for a new Nissan Leaf, and what other companies are offering.

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Sustainable America Rallies With EV Owners

Last weekend, Sustainable America took its Tesla Model S to the streets to participate in the Westport Electric Car Club Road Rally in Westport, Connecticut. Owners of more than 20 different electric cars, including a Tesla Roadster, Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, Fisker Karma, and Mitsubishi i-MiEV, competed to see who could cover the course in the least amount of miles. Here are some pictures from the event.

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To Live and Drive in Las Vegas

Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh has an ambitious plan for reinventing the transportation system in Las Vegas. Set to launch later this year, his Project 100 is a new ride-sharing system that aims to persuade residents to ditch their cars for a mobile app they can use to access a private, on-demand network of electric cars, bikes, and shuttle buses.

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Fast, Sleek… Electric?

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Check out some of the latest designs in electric sports cars to hit the road and the race track. These electric cars save on gas but they don’t skimp on sex appeal.

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Current Electric Car Ranges

– – – 10% of trips are less than 2 miles – – – Average commute distance:18.8 miles – – – 95% of trips are less than 60 miles – – – EPA electric range of Mitsubishi-MiEV (62 miles) – … Continue reading

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Currently 50 million households suffer from food insecurity, meaning that family members cannot always meet their basic food needs.

10 million people a year could be fed through the recovery of just one-fifth of food waste.

Only 2% of food waste is composted or otherwise recycled—62% of paper is recycled.

Consumers throw out about 40% of the fresh and frozen fish they buy.

The U.S. produced 208 pounds of meat per person in 2009—60% more than Europe.

Low income commuters spend a much higher proportion of their wages on gas—8.6% versus 2.1% at $4 per gallon.

Food prices rose 35-40 percentage points between 2002–2008.

Americans consume 25% of the world’s produced oil, but our nation holds less than 3% of the world’s proven oil reserves.

The International Energy Agency says greenhouse gas emissions rose 3.2% last year, with a 9.3% increase in China offsetting declines in the US and EU.


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