Thursday, September 20, 2007

Miles Rubin, eternal optimist, interviewed on NPR

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NPR's Elizabeth Shogren spent a morning with Miles Rubin recently, and has a report on the man and his electric machines. The result is a 5:30 minute piece that succinctly captures the current electric vehicle market and Miles Electric Vehicles' place in it. We also hear from David Cole, Chairman of the Center for Automotive Research, on the extreme difficulty inherent in getting an EV to market. Still, Rubin is positive his company can make a difference.

"I think everybody has to do something. We can't just depend on governments. Yes it will take government action to make a change, but we can't sit back and wait for Congress," Rubin told NPR.

One human touch: The story of how Rubin's wife jokes that her husband doesn't know anything the major automakers don't, so what does that say about his chances? Miles agrees it's tough, but still told Shogren that Miles Electric Vehicles is still planning on a highway speed car in 2009 for $30,000. That's the Javlon xs500. Just two more years until we see how Miles implements this plan.

You can listen to or read the report here.

[Source: NPR, thanks to Beth @ Miles EVs]

 

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1 comment:

Z said...

I've been following these guys for awhile. Their current LSVs are geared towards large campus fleets like schools and military bases, which sucks because I'd sure like to have one of the Javelons to use on the freeway! But, I appreciate their strategy. I guess the fleet market it huge, so why not start their with an LSV to gain a customer base, and then release the Javelon? I just hope they do it soon. And he's right, it may not be the silver bullet that will end all our oil-dependency woes, but that doesn't mean we should give up! At least this guy is putting his money where his mouth is and is trying to DO something instead of leaving it to government to enact change.