Shai Agassi at TED

This video of Shai Agassi, founder and CEO of Better Place, is about 18 minutes long but is well worth watching:

The video explains how Better Place came to be, the plan for the cars, and the economics behind the Better Place plan versus oil over the next ten years.

Whether you think his plan will work or not, I’m glad to see he’s out there doing it rather than just letting Congress or panels of “experts” debate it until it’s too late. He makes some very compelling points and if I lived in one of the areas these cars were available, I’d be happy to look into owning one.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

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  1. Mikey says:

    Shai can kiss my nuclear-powered ass.

    If cars are only tools, then I guess an electric or mix will do the trick. Hell, mousepower would do the trick. I certainly cannot argue the need for getting off the middle east teat – we’ve spilled enough of their and our blood over oil as far as I’m concerned. And even though I’m not convinced that mankind alone is responsible for global warming, there’s no doubt in my mind we’re not helping the situation and we need to give a shit about our environment.

    But my agreement ends there. Just because I agree on the problems doesn’t mean I agree on the solutions proposed.

    I’ll leave out all the options I believe in (and I do believe in using a mix of just about ALL the options.) Instead, I’ll address the cars. Because I feel the same way about them that Charlon Heston felt about his guns.

    For those of us who find cars to be the next best thing to sex, there’s no replacing the internal combustion engine. One reason I logic my way into keeping this argument, regardless all the challenges before us, is that most people aren’t really like me. Most people need a car that gets them from one place to another. I need a car (or, rather, a truck) that makes the drive one of the best parts of my day. For me the destination is just a boring intermission between trips in my vehicles. I like the feel of upholstery, the squeak of an Armoured-All’d steering wheel, the rumble of the engine, the smell of the oil, the shimmer of transmission fluid on my breakfast cereal…but I digress.

    Even more than my love for internal combustion, there’s my love for building my own vehicles. This is to me what martial arts is to you. If I’m not working or writing, I’m working on one of my offroad vehicles. Because there’s no stress relief better than having to take a dozen bolts to 150 lb-ft with a 24″ torque wrench. And there’s no art better than that which I build from junkyard pieces and can drive up field of boulders most people wouldn’t be willing to climb over. All the things I need to learn to do to get this done…from engine work to setting up gears to rebuilding transmissions to welding small metals and large to…all of it…well, like I said, it’s my martial art.

    But hey, that’s me. Your mileage may vary.

    (Coop’s quip never fit anywhere else so well as here.)

    • Mike says:

      I don’t disagree, and I don’t think the goal is to replace all ICE cars. Hell, I doubt I’d ever give up my motorcycle, and I’m a rookie rider, not a hardcore biker. I’m sure they’d have the Heston argument, too.

      We’re in the minority, too. Most of my co-workers could care less. Then you start talking the city and suburbs, and I’d be willing to bet 90% or more would do just fine with an electric car, especially on daily commutes where you’re lucky you break 40mph at rush hour.