Do you know personally of any solar or wind projects outside of California in use? We've been trying to get wind power established here on the Northeast coast for years. All the studies have been completed, the viability super and the liberal population all for it and very supportive until it gets to location. Not in my backyard! has been the acknowleged term for the past ten years. We have a company with all the permits completed, all the studies done and the approval of everyone concerned for a wind power farm which could supply all the electrical power used on Cape Cod except for the Massachusetts legislature. The fight against the project is being led by Senator Ted Kennedy. The farm is proposed for a shallow water area in Nantucket sound, (Kennedy's backyard.)
I expect to see all these methods used very shortly after the last drop of oil and the last shovel full of coal are expended.
Actually, the article was interesting. We happen to get the Times. The crosswords are still the best. The one thing that might turn you off to the plug-ins, is the photo of what appears to be 24 twelve volt acid batteries stacked on the floor of the trunk space. (Rube Goldberg)
That along with "the desire" of American owners wanting to fill up the switch blank on their dash when they find that the European models have an EV switch there which will allow them to drive their cars "ONE MILE" on battery power alone. "We just got to have one of those," even though there is a "caution note" in the European Owners Manual about using it. And that the switch was left off the American models account it could be construed to be in conflict with some of our States emission laws. My guess would be that the Cat converter would not be kept at the desired temp by computer starts of the "ICE" when the EV button is used.