Electric Cars

A few things need to happen to allow electric cars to really become a standard mode of transportation. Let’s get the discussion going so the innovators get the message and make the necessary adjustments. The message is that we want electric cars but we also want the “convenience” we have become used to with the gas powered cars of the past 100 years. Change is resisted so let’s make change something to look forward to.

First of all, we need to be able to “gas up” easily and in just about 5 or so minutes. Not the 1/2 hour or more that the electric car industry seems to be touting as its objective. Their idea is that we will enjoy stopping in for a coffee or to eat or something like that. That is a corporate model, not a user friendly model. Rather, let us be able to just pull into a drive through bay, have our standardized battery pack dropped out and a fully charged one installed. This can be totally automated and take just about 5 minutes at the most.

Yes I do have a design in mind for the automated system. And I don’t know what I am doing. I just know how simple it can be. Those with the training and expertise can build it. In fact, if I can think of something like this, others can come up with even better solutions. They just need to think and do! Look what Amazon did with their order fulfillment centre.

It should be fairly easy to take the current gas stations and replace some of the pumps with a couple of drive through bays. When they dig out the huge storage tanks, they can put in the automated system for dropping out, replacing and charging the standard batteries. At the same time, instal large solar panels to assist with charging the batteries.

It should also be simple to build new stations as well. They will be clean and the cars will not be noisy or “smelly” and therefore won’t be much of a blight on the surrounding areas as they come in to get their batteries changed.

Standard batteries still allow for lots of competition for the auto builders. They can focus on the extras. So a key is to get everyone together and agree on a standard. I am not talking about the insides of batteries or cars here. I am just talking about the size and how and where they will be placed on cars.

Then we will have specialists to develop batteries while car builders can focus on what their cars will be able to do with the new form of “gas” power (electric batteries). They can focus on developing better motors for driving the wheels. They can focus on developing more reliable ways that cars can take over so much of the mundane parts of driving. Of course, I hope they can speed up the whole process perfecting cars that will drive themselves and we just have to be passengers.

Tesla is doing much to move this along. We need to get the others on board. We need good range per charge. We need quick and easy “charge ups” while travelling.

Attention folks in the car industry: let’s do this!

What are you aiming for?

Do you have goals for exactly what you want/intend to achieve? Do an exercise with me. Make a list of what you would really like to have/do/be. Don’t limit yourself here at all. Be child like and let it go. Dream! Just start writing each idea, one per line. Don’t stop writing. If you hit a block, keep writing. Just write what comes to mind. Do that for about 10 minutes.

Now, go back to your list and write out a very clear and concise short answer to the question “Why?” If you cannot think of a clear reason that excites you immediately, put a line through it. Do this for each item on your list. You will see that your list is greatly reduced but the items left are important to you. THESE are your goals.

There are some steps you can take to prioritize your goals and group them into categories and organize them into short term and longer term goals but at least you now have something that only about 3% of people have: written goals.

Michaelangelo Quote

Take another look at that list, including the items with a line through them. Did you actually self-censor a bit? Did you tend to just write down things that you felt you could actually do/have/be? In other words, did you aim high enough or did you settle for “Good”.

I encourage you to have a read of “Good to Great” by Jim Collins. There are lots of inspiring stories about organizations and people who went well beyond good. They achieved greatness. They did this by not settling for good. They focused on the steps that took them to great. Why don’t all businesses get to great? Why don’t all of us business folks get to great? Simply put, “good is the enemy of great”.

The more I read biographies of great business achievers, the more I see that one of the things that they have in common is that at some time they were in desperate straights. Things were bad for them. That focused them and they did whatever it took to grow a business so that things would never be bad for them again. And, they all did it by providing something that others needed or wanted and were very happy to pay for. They did not do it alone. They made sure that those that helped them grow their business got their fair share of the rewards. They made sure that their product was the very best it could be. Simply, people at each step of the business process got their fair share. That is business.

We just got our labour figures here in Canada. They showed a loss of some 9,000 jobs across the country. However, very interesting, they also showed a marked increase in the number of self-employed. People are realizing that if they want to have a reliable income, they have to arrange for it themselves. They are starting their own businesses.

More on this in a future blog. For now, look at your goals and aim high! 😀