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The Green Mobility 'EVolution' 
and the EV-PV Connection:
 Creating the Second American Century

The Green Mobility EVolution will transition America from the Gray Carbon Economy powered with oil and coal to a Green Electron Economy that will be largely powered by two disruptive technologies, electric vehicles (EV) and photovoltaic (PV) solar power, and by the special relationship of this pair. 

The "EV-PV Connection" will win our energy independence from imported oil, ensure our national security, and help create jobs to build a sustainable global future. 

We are at the end of the Industrial Revolution and at the beginning of the Third Wave, the demassification of our social and economic system as envisioned by futurists Heidi and Alvin Toffler, authors of the book Future Shock and Creating a New Civilization.  

The world’s economy is experiencing a massive shock to its economic system with its continued dependence on petroleum, the blood that powered the growth of nations -- none no more than America's -- and that still flows through our economic arteries in the 20th century. 

Our addiction to "blood oil" has negatively impacted the social and economic fabric of many nations and the living physical fabric of our delicate natural environment -- our planet earth.

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  • 1. The Green Mobility EVolution and the EV-PV Connection: Creating the Second American Century The Green Mobility EVolution will transition America from the Gray CarbonEconomy powered with oil and coal to a Green Electron Economy that will be largelypowered by two disruptive technologies, electric vehicles (EV) and photovoltaic (PV)solar power, and by the special relationship of this pair. The "EV-PV Connection" willwin our energy independence from imported oil, ensure our national security, and helpcreate jobs to build a sustainable global future. We are at the end of the IndustrialRevolution and at the beginning of the Third Wave, the demassification of our social andeconomic system as envisioned by futurists Heidi and Alvin Toffler, authors of the bookFuture Shock and Creating a New Civilization. The world’s economy is experiencing a massive shock to its economic systemwith its continued dependence on petroleum, the blood that powered the growth ofnations -- none no more than Americas -- and that still flows through our economicarteries in the 20th century. Our addiction to "blood oil" has negatively impacted thesocial and economic fabric of many nations and the living physical fabric of our delicatenatural environment -- our planet earth. Yeah, its halftime in America, and the second half is about to begin, states actorClint Eastwood in his 2012 Super Bowl commercial, "Imported from Detroit." Americawill come back, not with gas-polluting internal combustion engine (ICE) vehiclespowered with oil, but with the purr of electric cars powered with clean energy from solarpower and wind energy systems to create a sustainable 21st century -- and the SecondAmerican Century.Eastwoods Halftime Ad: might have added, "Make my century!" We began the 20th Century, the first American Century, on the right path whenThomas Edison and Henry Ford pioneered the electric car in the early 1900s. Thenignorance and greed showed its face when John D. Rockefeller of the Standard OilTrust saw a big business opportunity in producing gasoline for cars. In 1945, to furtheraccelerate our addiction to petroleum, the Los Angeles Pacific Electric RailwayLes Hamasaki, Executive Director * 323.359.5750 * email: * Page 1
  • 2. Company was sold to National City Lines, a business consortium of General Motors,Standard Oil, Firestone Tire and Rubber, Philips Petroleum, and the Mack TruckManufacturing Company. Soon afterward, National City Lines began dismantling the1,164 miles of track that linked more that 50 Southern California communities not only inL.A., but also throughout the West and Midwest. These clean energy modes of publictransportation were then replaced with buses that used diesel fossil fuel and rubber tiresproduced by members of the consortium. Los Angeles became known as the “smogcity” with the worst air pollution in the Nation. The long U.S. addiction to oil thus began,in the first half of the last century. Cheap oil and the internal combustion engine propelled America as itbecame the worlds 20th-century economic superpower. The "super" today is the scaleof the perfect economic storm America and the developed world find themselves in,a global financial disaster of which dirty, depleting, obsolete fossil fuel is the rootcause. A global meltdown of the vast and complex economic network built on oil totransport our goods and services unfolds before us, creating many massive shocks toour economy: * Global warmings massive climate changes (mostly yet to manifest in their complete horror); * Global Al Qaeda terrorism, largely financed by oil; * World peak oil, with Chinas and Indias fast-growing middle classes consuming the worlds oil reserves, and the end of cheap oil (a barrel of which reached $140 in 2008), straining the economic systems of industrialized and emerging countries; * The massive U.S. trade deficit from imported oil (accounting for over 40%, or $254 billion, in 2010) and massive U.S. national debt, accelerating the demise of America’s middle class; * The continuing resource wars that trade American blood for oil, this year featuring the threat of war with Iran and saber-rattling over the Strait of Hormuz oil-supply chokepoint; * The half-billion U.S. gas-burning and air-polluting vehicles that choke our children and seniors with asthma, cancer, and heart attacks; and * The global food crisis of ever costlier petroleum-powered agriculture, resulting in the yearly starvation of tens of millions. These problems of oil and the internal combustion engine, while not a news flash-- weve been able to see them coming for decades -- are a wake-up call. We mustdevelop a game plan for what can still be the Second American Century and win ourenergy and climate independence from oil and coal by embracing the newly nearly-
  • 3. perfected electric vehicle -- along with a new systematically developed network of solar-photovoltaic EV charging stations throughout the United States and eventuallythroughout the cities, towns, and villages of the world. President Obama has set an ambitious goal of one million EVs in America by2015. Currently, the purchase of a new electric vehicle comes with a $7,500 tax credit,in addition to a California $2,500 rebate for drivers in the Golden State. PresidentObama’s FY 2013 budget proposes a larger $10,000 tax credit to further speed the EVevolution in the U.S. This proposal predictably has created a firestorm of criticism bythe Republicans in Congress. But reaching the one-million EV goal faces a greater challenge than theGOPs habitual obstinacy regarding green technology and environmental preservation.Based on the current sales figures for electric vehicles, unless EV converted vehiclesare included in the national goal, that goal will be nearly impossible to reach. In additionto purchasing new electric vehicles, America must reduce, reuse, and recycle as manyas possible of the current 300+ million registered gasoline-powered vehicles in the U.S.and the billion in the world by converting them to electric vehicles. In order to accomplish this mission, the U.S. Green Vehicles Council( is proposing a $5G Cash for EV Conversion Initiative to incentivizethe retrofitting of existing gasoline vehicles into electric vehicles to complement andaccelerate the acquisition of new electric vehicles. The average cost of EV conversion is about $10,000 to $15,000, depending onthe battery technology being installed. That cost will go down by increasing the demandfor the lithium ion batteries, motors, and controllers used in EVs as well as the demandfor other EV components. The disproportion between gasoline- and electric-powered vehicles is extremeand hard to justify. In 2010, California had over 1,000 converted electric vehicles andonly 1,600+ electric and hybrid vehicles, compared to the states 26 million registeredgasoline-powered and polluting vehicles. To achieve Californias stringent zeroemission vehicle (ZEV) regulation, over 1.4 million ZEVs must be on Californias roadsby 2025 in order for the state to be on track to meet its 2050 greenhouse gasemissions reduction goal. By mid-century, 87% of Californias cars must be ZEVs. Thisaggressive goal, without a well-designed and robust EV conversion incentive program,will not be reached.Les Hamasaki, Executive Director * 323.359.5750 * email: * Page 3
  • 4. The gasoline savings -- if these goals are met -- will be substantial, especially forlow- and moderate-income workers and students. For example, if one travels 10,000miles per year at 20 miles per gallon and the cost of gas reaches $5 a gallon, it willcost you $2,500 annually for gas plus the periodic oil change. On the other hand, if youhave an electric car and a solar PV system at your home or multi-family dwelling with abattery backup, your cost may be only 3 to 5 cents a mile, or $300 to 500 per year, andeventually nothing. These savings will create a local economic multiplier effect that canhelp revitalize Californias and Americas cash-strapped cities. An additional $2,000spent in the local economy will be very good for local businesses. The $5G Cash for EV Conversion program will create thousands of local jobswith the establishment of EV Conversion Centers and the installation of EV PV-poweredcharging stations at home, work, school, and at shopping centers, hotels, motels, trainstations, and airports throughout the region and the state. Employers can enable theiremployees to "charge at work" with PV-powered stations for free, perhaps as a part ofemployee incentive programs. The Cleantech Institute, Inc. (, a non-profitcorporation in Southern California, is training unemployed workers and veterans tobecome EV technicians and EV conversion specialists at sites in Garden Grove andFremont, California. The program is funded by the California Energy Commission andthe Department of Labor in conjunction with the local Workforce Investment Boards. The Tom Bradley Legacy Foundation at UCLA is partnering with the Amen Centerand the Cleantech Institute to implement an Advanced Vehicle Technology Academy( program in our schools that will engage the bottom 50% of students tolearn about building electric cars as part of the schools science, technology,engineering, and math (STEM) programs. The Institute believes that the middle schoolstudents of today who already are setting the trends for the future in music, fashion,food, recycling, and social culture are the population that will determine the success ofthe electric vehicle in the United States.High School EV Project video: EV technology is a disruptive technology -- essentially a computer with fourwheels that can be powered with free solar energy as well as with utility power. EVconversion will rapidly take hold throughout the developing as well as developed world,just as cell phones have rapidly spread among the residents of cities and rural villagesin Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Just as California is leading the solar roofs program that has been incentivizedwith generous rebates by the Californian Public Utilities Commission and the California
  • 5. Energy Commission, the California Air Resources Board can lead the ongoing but way-too-slow transition to a mostly EV road fleet for the state by establishing a policy toauthorize local air quality management districts (AQMDs) to implement their owncounty-scale Cash for EV Conversion programs. The Southern California Air QualityManagement District (SCAQMD) has been providing a $1,500 to $4,000 cash incentivefor California residents to purchase new less- (but still!) polluting gasoline-poweredvehicles. While this initiative might help potential customers buy new cars, it will notsignificantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions or energy dependence. Meanwhile, inpart because of such half-hearted programs, the existing fleet of many high-pollutingcars remains mostly in circulation, continuing to pollute the air. The "Green Mobility EVolution" will become a big part of Americas Second HalfGame Plan of the early 21st century that will put us on the path to a sustainable future.Thomas Edison was prescient when he said "Id put my money on solar energy . . . Ihope we dont have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that" in aconversation with Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone in March 1931, more than 80 yearsago. Yes, we are at the Halftime in America, and 99% of our people are either hurting,confused on what to do, or both. There is a vision and a plan to transition our graycarbon economy to a green electron economy. The Green Mobility EVolution and theEV-PV Connection that will power it are Americas green roadmap to the sustainablefuture we must create.=====================================================================Les Hamasaki Les Hamasaki is the Executive Director of the U.S. Green Vehicle Council (USGVC), an electricvehicle advocacy organization established by the Cleantech Institute, Inc. a non-profit corporation.Les is President of the International Green Technology Institute, Inc., a global sustainability planningand development non-profit corporation. Les has been involved with two 20-year plans for the City of Los Angeles, the Centers Conceptunder Mayor Tom Bradley and the Sustainable Framework Plan under Mayor Riordan as vice presidentof the Planning Commission. He served on the Los Angeles Airport Commission under Mayor TomBradley. Les was president of Sun Utility Network, Inc., a pioneer green micro-utility company. He wasExecutive Director of the Green Institute for Village Empowerment (GIVE) that provided the frameworkand roadmap for the Green Valley Initiative that envisions southern Californias Inland Empire as a globalgreen technology center to combat climate change and create a regional jobs-and-housing balance. Heis a founding board member of the Tom Bradley Legacy Foundation at UCLA.Les Hamasaki, Executive Director * 323.359.5750 * email: * Page 5