Walking the Talk of Clean Air…


Posted by sass | Posted in Climate Change, Electric Vehicles | Posted on 25-04-2015

There is a drive in Quebec (pun intended) for a zero emissions law which would force car makers, much like in 11 states in the US, to sell a minimum number of electric vehicles as a percentage of sales in order to help reduce carbon emissions caused by transportation.

This proposed law penalizes car companies that don’t meet the standard. I happen to feel that an incentive approach would work better for the following reasons:

1. Consequence-based action is only OK in the void of alternatives which incent positive behavior.
2. We can rally car dealers, salespeople and car buyers to be on the same team with the right financial and other incentives (car pool lane, lower registration costs).
3. The majority of Quebecois (and Canadians) don’t believe we have an environmental problem.

To me the critical point is the last one. “Fix a pain point” is the term used by venture capitalists when urging entrepreneurs where to look for something worth investing in. The fact that we don’t feel the pain here is a major deterrent to politicians getting behind a zero-carbon initiative which penalizes participants who don’t reach a certain threshold. Given this reality, my belief is that if we incent car salespeople by a fixed commission bonus per EV they sell, car dealers with a fixed margin bonus per EV that rolls off their lot, and consumers with a variety of incentives being financial and other, we can be far more effective in achieving the same goal.

There are many lobbies that will fight a zero-emissions law which penalizes, namely: car makers, big oil, etc. We can get rid of their objections by focusing on positive change and consequence to changes in behavior.

While the end goal remains the same, we may simply differ on how we believe it can be achieved. As for me, I’m glad to report I’ve finally taken the Electric Vehicle dive and plan to recharge it using solar energy on the roof of my next home this summer….

When the road meets the roof…


Posted by sass | Posted in Climate Change, Community, Electric Vehicles, Renewz, Solar Technology | Posted on 23-03-2015

renewz established a phrase long ago, “road to roof”. This was meant to convey the possibility of energy and transportation to meet and work in concert, something never before possible with gasoline powered vehicles.

Today, much research is being conducted on how mobile power vehicles can work in concert with grids (micro, nano, macro, whatever…) to manage energy. We have concepts such as “transactive energy” being touted, where energy is a currency, bought and sold on spot and future markets just like any currency exchange. Will bankers who specialize in currency be the energy managers of the future? Their skill sets in managing currency swaps would certainly be an interesting asset for companies engaged in such power/energy transactions.

And what to make of consumers, who will be driving those electric vehicles capable of bi-directional power, where the reserves in the cars could be used either to power their homes, provide emergency backup in times of grid-outages or even play in the concerto of power management on the grid, offering the potential to car owners to make money off their cars rather than see dwindling value through their depreciation. You getting a picture of an energy and transportation mix in the future that looks nothing like our past?

We can therefore not be surprised when companies like Virgin, Apple and Google are getting into the transportation game. We can understand why Tesla’s Elon Musk has a vision of mobile and stationary power, working hand in hand with rooftop solar, become more important than the distribution companies who will be simply become conduits, like a highway, or if they are really ahead of the curve, learn to manage the whole concert with the various players providing the tools to create, manage or store energy.

The future of clean power is bright and inescapable. I don’t look at it from purely a climate change optic, that would be slightly thin in view. Rather we should consider how we can empower areas that have no grids, that have no capability of stable power, so that communities everywhere can tomorrow have clean transportation mated with reliable, local, storable and clean renewable energy sources. That’s the future I have dreamed of and why every who knows me understand what I mean when I say that I’m living a dream…

Renewz partners with Europe’s most innovative carport designer…


Posted by sass | Posted in Electric Vehicles, Renewz | Posted on 03-05-2012

Today we announced a partnership with EIGHT Gmbh & Co. KG, led by Mr. Christoph Roessner, Managing Director, and maker of the Point.One solar charging station.

ICONIC doesn’t do justice to the design, created by LAVA architects and DesignToProduction process managers. Its all aluminum body is built to enhance the brand image of any organization which places one on its property.

Copy of the press release can be found on this link.

Renewz is alive…


Posted by sass | Posted in Electric Vehicles, Renewz | Posted on 03-05-2012

The baby is born. We launched our first website yesterday. Its just a beginning. Many staged improvements will be brought to bear in the coming days and weeks. By the end,you will even be able to build to order your own solar car port, place your own artwork (if desired) and then pop out the quote. Easy as pie…

Copy of the press release found on this link.

Solar Powered NASCAR to all electric race…


Posted by sass | Posted in Electric Vehicles | Posted on 21-04-2012

…when you say? Sooner than you think.

Click on this CNN link to see the reality of today. NASCAR powered by solar panel farm and then led by the Ford Fusion Hybrid pace car….now that’s a game changer! Nascar will donate 10 trees to replace in Missouri. Hard for the interviewer to imagine an electric vehicle racing around NASCAR..yet its happening this year!

When we can get America’s favourite car race to go “green”, then you know that change is beyond the point of no return. What are you doing for Earth Day 2012?

Lessons from the new iPad Launch…


Posted by sass | Posted in Electric Vehicles, Leadership | Posted on 09-03-2012

Well the latest iPad (number three) just launched, and once again Apple has moved the bar.

Not only do they have the best finger pulse on the market, they are creating it. Brand, ecosystem and hardware working hand in hand to create the ultimate user experience each and every time. With such a complete approach to the market, any company will thrive as they do.

Perhaps therein lies the lesson that Coda Automotive seems to have learned in the Electric Vehicle space that other more stodgy car makers have yet to embrace. With sales of the Chevrolet Volt stagnating (we can notice they have ramped up the advertising), what I believe is their missing link is the dealer side makeover. Its one thing to put up solar charging canopies and wind generators, its another to help former gasoline car salespeople turn into true green marketers. For some its possible, for others not even necessary. Yet I always hope that people look the possible and not the necessary.

I believe that people like Coda and Tesla are changing the face of automotive retail. I do think that BMW i gets it in their “Active E center” approach. What I’m hoping is that someone in the marketing departments of the American car makers pays heed and makes the decision to help their brands continue to move towards greater ecosystem approaches and brand elevation.

The changes to the marketplace are not the question. Its the reaction to those changes by the big three that will truly determine their success in this new reality.





Solar Charging structure has chance to win eco award..


Posted by sass | Posted in Electric Vehicles, Solar Industry | Posted on 29-02-2012

Solar charging structures were nowhere near the radar of “eco friendly” products just a few ¬†years ago. Now that they’ve blossomed and tied themselves into the emobility initiatives across continents and car companies, they are starting to be noticed.

One company, EIGHT GmbH of Germany, has their design up for an ECOSUMMIT award. If you click on this link, you can see it and even vote for it by clicking on the LIKE button at the top right hand side.

Please take a look and vote if you can (you must have a Facebook account to do so).




It’s all about the battery for EV adoption…


Posted by sass | Posted in Electric Vehicles | Posted on 27-02-2012

Most technologies improve incrementally. So when a company claims to be able to double performance, people listen.

In California just such a company is now claiming that it can double range for electric vehicles its battery technology. If fact, he world has just changed immensely. If not, just another pipedream or some promoters plan…we will soon find out!

Latest renewable energy and emobility news…


Posted by sass | Posted in Electric Vehicles, Solar Industry | Posted on 19-02-2012

Read the beginnings of our “renewzpaper“…

What about an iCar for the electric vehicle market?


Posted by sass | Posted in Electric Vehicles | Posted on 13-02-2012

Is Tesla the new Apple of the automotive industry? Read the linked article about what professional industry analysts are saying about the Electric Vehicle market.

With their launch last week of the ModelX, I believe that Tesla and BMW are the two strongest “high end” brands in the EV market to date…