I finally managed to catch up with Ed Begley Jr. in the flesh and it was great to meet the guy who is widely considered the “greenest” celebrity in Hollywood. There’s not much to tell or update on Ed that you can’t find out by watching his popular show, Living With Ed, but he was excited to be here and giving one of the Keynote addresses. He also took time out to visit each of the vendors here today and talk about their products.
Beyond the talks, GM is also busy showcasing some of its new green vehicles outside. Of particular interest to perhaps some in the auto world is that the only “working” Chevy Volt is here. Granted, it’s not using anything remotely close to the final product — but if you had to jump in and drive somewhere — it is a true electric car. In fact, they had it recharging. Usually, the power cable is just hanging out for effect.
Anyways, I also had the opportunity to test drive a Chevy Fuel Cell Equinox around the streets of Los Angeles. Chevy is distributing these vehicles as part of their Project Driveway campaign where 100 individuals/families from around the U.S. will test them for about three months for free. Needless to say, it was a seamless transition to jump from my rental car and into one powered by hydrogen. The only obvious differences were the quiet and lack of RPM on the dash. Instead, you have KwH for electricity being generated. Driving was smooth and peppy. And yes, you truly can inhale the exhaust with no worries. Now if only we can build a hydrogen infrastructure, create the gas in less energy-intensive ways, and make it affordable, the future won’t seem that far away.