It appears we are very near the same type of inflection point in price and performance that led to the explosion in solar PV several years ago. Since electricity remains by far the best and cheapest alternative fuel that can be made without releasing CO2 — one that is cheaper to run a car on than gasoline even at current low oil prices — this game change is good news for both consumers and the climate.

Game Change: Tesla And GM Announce Affordable, Long-Range Electric Cars

At last! We’re moving further and further into the #SunlightREVolution. Looking forward to more affordable EVs in the future. 

Tesla Is The New Apple

Steven Johnson on the impending electric car revolution being led by Tesla:

And if that’s the case, then the automobile industry will go through exactly what the computer and software world went through with the rise of the PC, the Web, and the mobile revolutions. Smaller companies that bet heavily on the new paradigm will become dominant in an amazingly short amount of time; behemoths who cling to the old models will swiftly become afterthoughts. The EV revolution will be like Hemingway’s classic line about going broke: it will happen gradually, then all of a sudden.

Agreed. This is going to happen sooner than most people think.

[via Daring Fireball]

Denver's new building code requires garages to support electric vehicles
New single-family homes and duplexes built in Denver would need wiring in garages to support electric vehicle plugs under building code updates

Denver’s new building codes include a change aimed at making it easier — and cheaper — for more residents of the fast-growing city to charge electric vehicles at home.

Although opposed by homebuilders, the electric vehicle readiness requirement says new single-family homes and duplexes built in the city will need to have the right electrical wiring to support electric vehicle plugs in their garages. At the least, the new homes must have conduits leading to the electrical panel.

While owners of older homes often must dig or break through walls, that latter option would allow a resident to install the wiring needed for a charging plug easily.