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CalCars Receives $200K Grant from Google.org to Promote PHEVs

2 May 2007

The California Cars Initiative (CalCars) has received a two-year, $200,000 grant from Google.org, the philanthropic arm of Google, to support its work in educating the public regarding plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles (PHEVs).

CalCars is a Palo Alto-based nonprofit startup promoting plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). It characterizes itself as a hybrid, focusing both on public policy and technology development, and harnessing buyer demand to help commercialize PHEVs.

CalCars is also partnering with OEMTek, a provider of components and conversion systems for electric and hybrid vehicles, including plug-in hybrid vehicles.

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That ought to pay for lunch for a few weeks :)

This should give Felix Kramer some breathing room, so
that he can give us the big picture on where were
headed on this battery bandwagon. You take the plug
and you plug it in to this thing called an outlet.
It is a little retangular thing with two slots and a hole.
Just be sure to unplug it before you drive off later.
Don't be like those folks who don't remove the nozzle out
of their gas tank at the gas stations.

This is really great news for PHEV advocates. CalCars.org has probably done more for the PHEV movement, than any ten other organizations. They run on a low budget and rely on volunteers for much of the work. In addition, they work behind the scenes with many Govt. agencies whose help is essential in speeding up the proliferation of PHEV’s.

And, good for Google for recognizing the importance of educating people on PHEVs. Some of the OEMs still have a 90’s view of the automobile industry. It will take education of the buying public to create the demand to push them into a 21st century PHEV world

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