Saturday, June 11, 2011

Capacity Focus, 8: Israel's Better Place initiative moves towards global deployment of electric vehicle systems towards sustainable global transportation

Something like half of the oil consumed in the world goes for transportation services.

Better Place is an electric vehicle initiative (led by Shai Aggassi, a Technion graduate) that seeks to provide a more sustainable alternative for transportation.

In the Caribbean, we need to think about a cluster of alternatives for transportation, including electric vehicles, biofuels [I especially favour a serious look at butanol, as it is a 1:1 match to gasoline in your current gas tank . . . which can also be made from algae], and of course a better public transportation network, including not only buses but light (and conventional) rail etc.

Our goal should be: effective, convenient, affordable transportation, that gets us out of the oil trap. END

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