Since coming in second (to his brother!) on season six of Top Chef, Bryan Voltaggio has been an honorary D.C. favorite son as he built a restaurant empire in so-close-yet-so-far Frederick, Md. Now the James Beard Award finalist finally expands south to D.C.
Is 40 miles per gallon (mpg) the new 30? Could this be the de facto standard for a new crop of vigorous, green machines that promise to cart our gracefully aging selves around while taking baby sips of fuel or electrons?
Dan Akerson, CEO of GM, spoke with me in S.F. about the suspension of Chevy Volt production; the future of what he described as GM's "statement car" and his surprisingly candid views on climate change.
When I confess to my comrades my geeky delight in leaving my house with a full charge, and then recharging the car when I get to work at the nearby ChargePoint station, I feel as if I have just ordered "just a salad" in a steakhouse after my friends have all ordered T-Bones.
What Revenge of the Electric Car makes clear is that designing, engineering, building and marketing this transportation revolution isn't going to be easy. Making it affordable and keeping the enthusiasm alive inside the car companies is going to be challenging.
"Every job lost on Wall Street impacts two-to-three jobs on the outside. By comparison, every job lost at an auto plant impacts nearly 10 jobs on the outside... We don't want to know what happens if the domestic auto industry gets away from us."
John McCain visited a GM factory and said if cars like the Volt, a plug-in gas/electric hybrid GM is developing, really do make it to market (still a question mark), "hundreds of thousands of jobs will be created." He's wrong.