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Palo Alto launches electric-vehicle exposition

Original post made on Sep 24, 2013

Hoping to drive more people toward zero-emission vehicles, the City of Palo Alto will host an electric-vehicle expo at City Hall on Sept. 25. The noon to 5 p.m. event includes free rides in electric vehicles, interactive exhibits and demonstrations of the first all-electric scooter and one of the nation's first mobile solar charging stations.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 9:41 AM

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Posted by Bikes are better.
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 24, 2013 at 10:59 am

Include the new bicycle designs in this exposition and make it a Sustainable Vehicle exposition. Bikes have far less impact on environment, and create FAR less street congestion.

Did someone on City Council invest in Tesla?

Electric vehicles are needed for longer trips and by people who can't bike, but bikes are the ideal choice for shorter, around-town trips.

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Posted by Concerned Retiree
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 24, 2013 at 11:21 am

Zero emission is a misnomer, when these vehicles must rely on greenhouse gas-based electrical power plants to recharge them. Solar charging stations, which can store the power for overnight charging, are a better solution.

And bikes are not the solution for everything or everyone. Pedicabs perhaps for those of us who are aging and don't necessarily want to be stuck at home?

Other solutions?

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Posted by Craig Laughton
a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 24, 2013 at 11:30 am

>Hoping to drive more people toward zero-emission vehicles...

The correct terminology would be "displaced-emission vehicles". Burning coal or natural gas to produce electricity does not achieve the goal. Large hydro is carbon clean, but it blocks our wild streams and rivers, thus it does not qualify as renewable. Wind energy is sporadic and kills birds of prey. Solar makes some sense, if only it was more efficient. New nuclear technologies make a lot of sense, but will not be passed, due to political opposition.

I fail to understand why Palo Alto is patting itself on its back by extolling electric vehicles. While electric vehicles do have some advantages, like increased efficiency and regenerative braking, this is mostly an ego trip by our city.

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Posted by BTW
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 24, 2013 at 12:01 pm

FYI: We just sold our Tesla model S. It weighed more than twice as much as a Suburban, and was in the shop literally every two weeks for all kinds of defects from small to large.

The real annoyance, though, was AFTER we bought it and decided we wanted to put better tires on it than it came with. No performance tires or rims of any brand will fit on it, and if you even TRY, your warranty is void. Same with custom steering wheels. You are stuck buying tires from Elon Musk for the life of the car ( as well as any other products used on or in it! What a racket! To think, the guy still claims he cannot afford to support his six children in South Africa ( six kids is not very environmentally minded).

I have noticed that Larry Page no longer drives his Tesla, either, choosing to drive his Porsche Panamera instead.

I would buy a Nissan Leaf, but the range is too short to be practical. It would be. Ice if Palo Alto would follow Santa Monica's lead and install free chargers all over town. My Tesla raised our utility bill quite a bit........PA should follow Berkeley,s lead on that one and reduce the rates for charging electric cars, especially at night.

At the rate electric car development and recharging stations are going, it will be a decade before I buy another electric car!

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Posted by Jan Ankylosing
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 24, 2013 at 12:26 pm


A Suburban weights about 5800 lbs
Web Link
A tesla S weighs 4600 lbs
Web Link

Hardly twice as much!!!! In fact weighs less

Elon Musk has 5 kids and they live in California
Web Link

How do you know what Larry Page is driving these days?
Have any real facts you want to share with us???

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Posted by Jeff
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 24, 2013 at 12:27 pm

At 4647 lbs it's hard to imagine how congested stop and go traffic in a model S could be energy efficient. Providing information is a very appropriate action for our city. Requiring houses to be built with electric car chargers isn't. Maybe bikes aren't a solution for everyone but neither are electric cars. Bike use promotion and reducing cars should also help the parking problems the local developers claim are caused by people not parking their cars in their garages.

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Posted by boscoli
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 25, 2013 at 7:00 am

BTW, I drive a Tesla S and I am very comfortable in stating that your assertions are anything but reality based. if you wish to make a point you should facts. You are entitled to your own opinion, to to "facts" you invent out of thin air.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 25, 2013 at 7:36 am

Another photo op!

Just wish the council would start doing some real work on improving traffic conditions around town.

Improve the shuttle, charge a fee, get the parents taking children to school off the roads. Put pressure on the school board to get a school bus company to get rides to the magnet schools.

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Posted by Indeed
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 25, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Whatever happened to school buses? many parents have to transport their kids to school due to the distance of school from home. Others fear the scofflaws who run traffic stops will kill or seriously injure their kids--which has happened many times in the past.

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Posted by Il Corsicano
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 25, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Let's hope this one is better attended than the previous ones held in the Paly parking lot!

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Posted by PHK
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Sep 25, 2013 at 4:41 pm

an exposition on a weekday afternoon? why not weekend.

are you guys really serious to motivate people to switch to EV?

most people need to work. the PA city is really out of touch.

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Posted by PHK
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Sep 26, 2013 at 11:32 am

@BTW @ Old Palo Alto,

you have a good point --- "having six children is not very environmentally minded"


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Posted by Il Corsicano
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 26, 2013 at 3:05 pm

At least the ones they held in the Paly parking lot were on a Sunday afternoon! Is this supposed to be a lunch hour exhibition for people who work at City Hall only?

@Jan's Ankles: Larry Page is often seen inspecting the building of his compound. he used to visit the site in his Tesla, when the ground was broken five years ago. For the past three, he has been seen driving a Porsche or Mercedes for these visits.

Elon Musk's wife recently sued him in US Family Court for non-support of his children. Apparently, one of those children died recently.

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