All COWs know Buck’s is a great place to eat and moo-ull over brilliant ideas! Buck’s is even internationally known for having Venture Capitalist lunch patrons, an historic role in the dot com boom, and being the place for Brunch in Woodside on the weekends. We learned about Felix Kramer, founder of the California Cars Initiative in a story in London’s Financial Times that mentioned a conversation with him that took place at Buck’s. The main goal of this non profit organization is promoting 100+ MPG plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.
Yes, you heard us moo! 100+ MPG! California Cars Initiative was formed in 2001 and now includes entrepreneurs, engineers, environmentalists and consumers. Its main objective is to get the big time automakers to commercially make electric cars that run in excess of 100+ mpg. In 2004, the group successfully retrofitted a Toyota Prius to these standards to show this goal is feasible. And the non-profit group now freely gives advice on retrofitting Toyota Prius cars, converting them into plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). These types of cars are capable of driving longer distances on battery power than conventional hybrid cars can.
COW-ntemplating on how plug-in hybrid works? Essentially it’s a normal hybrid that also plugs into a 120V outlet. You still fill it up with gas – and it can run solely on gas. However, if you plug it in to charge, the vehicle will run off electricity until depleted and then switch back to gas. So realistically, if you only drive around town, no gas is required!
CalCars has also helped create the Electric Auto Association’s PHEV group. The open source group helps in converting the general Toyota Prius into a plug-in hybrid for under $6,000. To find out more information you can click here.
To learn more about this exciting organization, to make donations to support their efforts, or to find out more about this technology, you can visit the CalCars site.
Yahoo! Another good “green” idea and it’s being discussed right here in Woodside.