Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Ex-Intel Director on the Tipping Point for EV's
Andy Grove, the former chairman of Intel, has joined ex-CIA director James Woolsey, former Secretary of State George Schultz, and Google.org as an advocate for EV's and plug-in hybrids. He's been busily educating himself about alternative fuels, and he's sold on electricity as the solution, citing its ability to be generated domestically from a variety of sources.
Contrary to many EV enthusiasts who downplay home conversions, he compares the individuals converting their vehicles to pure EV or plug-in hybrids to the computer hobbyists in the mid-70's who helped usher in the age of personal computing.
Grove calls the point at which circumstances will drive corporations towards change the 'strategic inflection point' -- and he thinks that time has arrived with $4 gasoline and the evident risks of oil politics.
Read the AP interview here and an excellent summary of Grove's article in the July/August issue of The American here in the NYTimes technology blog. One of the the first comments posted there nominates Grove for Secretary of Energy -- wouldn't that be great?