At the 2010 Seattle Auto Show

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Jan 10, 2011

The Auto Show this year featured one mainstream BEV and one mainstream PHEV as well as currently available NEVs and the soon-coming Wheego LiFe. Jeremy headed down there on November 10th to check them out. The Chevy Volt was enticing as it slowly rotated on its stage, while a lovely spokesmodel testified in the car’s behalf. She clarified that when the battery gets low enough, the gas engine kicks in to generate electricity to run the car’s electric motor. The batteries will not be charged by the car’s ICE. It will, however, get 40-50 miles of electric driving, so around here they will not use much gas. The Nissan Leaf looked good, but was roped off as well, but showing how roomy the interior really is, with leg room and head room for all. Nissan’s fabric partitions were very effective at creating a warmer and less cluttered atmosphere for the display of the car. The Wheego model on display was not the LiFe, but a stand-in until the cars begin to make their way out of California. Ty Rice of MC Electric Vehicles described the impact tests that he was able to observe that were done for the Wheego, and they are impressive in their protectiveness. These cars look like a Smart 4 Two, but they are longer and higher.

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About The Author - Jeremy Smithson

Started Puget Sound Solar in 2001 with 30 years of construction contracting experience, and a desire to turn Seattle on to solar energy. Achieving NABCEP certification in 2004, Jeremy believes that our customers often follow a path similar to the one he took, starting out with solar daydreaming, then progressing to education on the subject, and eventually leading to action. In addition to leading the company he also does some teaching and speaking engagements about various aspects of solar energy, and experiments relentlessly with various solar, energy efficiency, and electric vehicle projects.

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