Dec. 13, 2006: Scientific American—Spare Power Sufficient to Fuel Switch from Gas to Electric

Summary: "Rumors of the electric car’s demise appear to have been greatly exaggerated, with so-called plug-in hybrids making the rounds from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., along with the sporty, new all-electric Tesla Roadster on offer. Now a new analysis from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) offers more good news: existing electric power plants could fuel 84 percent of "light duty" vehicles if all 220 million cars and trucks converted to electric power overnight. "We’re delighted to see solid third-party confirmation of what the people who know best–the utilities–have been saying for sometime," says Felix Kramer, plug-in hybrid owner/evangelist and founder of"

And if electric utilities could sell some of that excess power, they wouldn’t have to rely on building more plants to increase profits. Maybe the price of electricity would even fall. Certainly, the oil bullies of the world would have to loosen their vise-like grip on the American, uh, family jewels.

So what are you waiting for? When Congress returns to work in January, let’s be sure both sides hear about this from plenty of sources. You can easily contact your senators and representatives (as well as other officials) online at

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