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Recieved this from Paul Scott of Plug in America
> I followed Paul MacCready's work since I first heard
> of the
> human-powered Gossamer flights across the English
> Channel back (I think)
> in the early 80's. When I got involved in the EV
> movement, I actually
> got to meet Paul at a function in Pasadena. Our
> paths crossed a couple
> more times until I joined the EVAoSC and found, to
> my joy, that he was a
> regular attendee. I felt priviledged to be
> associated with a group that
> had him as a member.
>
> While we might not get another world-class human of
> his stature to grace
> our meetings, we can relish the memories of his
> contribution to a
> process we shall carry on.
>
> Paul
> President, EVAoSC
> ****
>
> This is from Bill Moore of EV World:
>
> Tribute to a 'Hero of the Planet'
>
>
> PHOTO CAPTION: Dr. Paul MacCready was selected by
> Time magazine in 1999
> as one of the 'Heroes of the Planet.'
>
>
>
> Open Access Article Originally Published: August
> 29, 2007
>
>
> Dr. Paul MacCready passed away in his sleep
> yesterday, 28 August 2007
> from a recently
> diagnosed illness. He was a long-time supporter of
> EV World, as well
> as a pioneer in the
> development of energy efficient mobility
> technologies from the
> human-powered Gossamer
> Condor to the EV1 electric car. We here at EV
> World offer our
> condolences to his family,
> friends and colleagues. All of us
> will greatly miss
> him.
>
>
> I clearly remember both the first and last times
> I met Paul
> MacCready, whom I had long
> admired since the exploits of the Gossamer
> Condor, the first human
> powered flight.
>
>
> The first time was at an electric vehicle
> conference in Phoenix,
> Arizona.
> He graciously
> paused to talk and pose for a photography with
> one of his microlight
> aircraft models,
> which he'd been flying around the exhibition hall.
> Clearly, flight was
> his passion, and
> the financial pillar upon which the company he
> built, AeroVironment
> (AVinc) continues to
> prosper.
>
>
> The last time was just outside his Monrovia,
> California offices as he
> was getting ready to
> drive home from work in his Toyota RAV4
> electric car, which he was
> also indirectly
> responsible for helping create when his company
> developed the
> prototype of the electric car that would one day
> become the General
> Motors EV1. I took some more pictures of him and
> promised that we'd do
> a follow-up interview with him. Sadly, I didn't keep
> my promise and
> now that interview will
> never happen.
>
>
> I would love to have asked him his views today on
> the future of
> electric cars now that we
> appear to have the battery chemistry to make them
> happen, which we
> didn't have back when he and his team, led by Alec
> Brooks and Wally
> Rippel first tackled the problem of a modern
> electric vehicle. Those two gentlemen have since
> moved over to Tesla
> to continue their
> passionate pursuit
> of EVs.
>
>
> When I interviewed him back nearly 10 years ago
> now, he made an
> interesting comment about
> not thinking the electric car alone was the
> answer to the challenges
> facing personal
> mobility in the 21st century. When I asked him
> what he would design
> differently on the EV1, he remarked that he wasn't
> sure he'd even build
> the car today. Here's what he said to
> me back then.
>
>
> "The one great thing this whole electric car
> mandate in California has
> done," MacCready
> observed, "it's got people to start... thinking
> more broadly about
> what is mobility and what do we need. Gee, adding a
> zero emission car
> that maybe doesn't take any energy to the
> car fleet of California, doesn't do anything for
> pollution. Getting
> rid of an old car that's polluting a lot, that
> helps. But one more nice
> car just adds to traffic and parking
> problems. We have to look at the whole system of
> mobility rather than
> just a vehicle."
> When I give talks, I say that if everybody had a
> Massaratti that runs
> on Cold Fusion,
> would that be good? No, you'd have one big traffic
> jam. You'd look
> like Bangkok. So you have to look at mobility in
> broader terms
> including telecommuting where you don't go, you
> don't use any energy;
> land use planning, where the suburbs are, car
> pooling, mass transit,
> life style. You find yourself asking... you're
> talking about really big
> issues. Why are we here? What's the meaning of
> life? There are no
> simple answers. You can make a better car, but as
> long as we give
> gasoline away in the United States, we don't care
> about efficiency,
> who really wants an
> electric car?"
>
>
> MacCready believes that as long as the cost of
> gasoline represents
> only 15% of the life
> cycle costs of a vehicle there won't be much of
> a market for more
> energy efficient
> vehicles. Instead, he thinks we need to take a
> more fundamental view
> of mobility, how to economically provide it to
> everyone so that, for
> example in Los Angeles, we don't allocate
> 70% of the land for
> transportation infrastructure.
>
>
> "These are big issues," he stated," and just
> drawing on the
> thinking of the past,
> attitudes of the past, and thinking, 'Gee, how do
> we make a better
> car?' I think is very short-sighted. You draw back
> and say how do we
> provide people safe mobility of a type they
> really need and
> want."
>
>
> It's thinking like this that garnered him a "Hero
> of the Planet" award
> from Time magazine
> the following
> year.
>
>
> Paul... sorry I didn't do
> that interview.
>
>
> More Information on Dr. MacCready's
> many, many
> accomplishments.
> Wikipedia
> Bio
> Academy of
> Achievement
> Mister Impossible - EV
> World interview
>
>
> END STORY
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
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I just finished reading the "More With Less" story about him. His contributions will live on. :(


----- Original Message ----
From: Joe Buford <[email protected]>
To: [email protected]
Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2007 10:30:25 AM
Subject: [EVDL] A Giant Passes - Paul MacCready (1925 - 2007)

Recieved this from Paul Scott of Plug in America
> I followed Paul MacCready's work since I first heard
> of the
> human-powered Gossamer flights across the English
> Channel back (I think)
> in the early 80's. When I got involved in the EV
> movement, I actually
> got to meet Paul at a function in Pasadena. Our
> paths crossed a couple
> more times until I joined the EVAoSC and found, to
> my joy, that he was a
> regular attendee. I felt priviledged to be
> associated with a group that
> had him as a member.
>
> While we might not get another world-class human of
> his stature to grace
> our meetings, we can relish the memories of his
> contribution to a
> process we shall carry on.
>
> Paul
> President, EVAoSC
> ****
>
> This is from Bill Moore of EV World:
>
> Tribute to a 'Hero of the Planet'
>
>
> PHOTO CAPTION: Dr. Paul MacCready was selected by
> Time magazine in 1999
> as one of the 'Heroes of the Planet.'
>
>
>
> Open Access Article Originally Published: August
> 29, 2007
>
>
> Dr. Paul MacCready passed away in his sleep
> yesterday, 28 August 2007
> from a recently
> diagnosed illness. He was a long-time supporter of
> EV World, as well
> as a pioneer in the
> development of energy efficient mobility
> technologies from the
> human-powered Gossamer
> Condor to the EV1 electric car. We here at EV
> World offer our
> condolences to his family,
> friends and colleagues. All of us
> will greatly miss
> him.
>
>
> I clearly remember both the first and last times
> I met Paul
> MacCready, whom I had long
> admired since the exploits of the Gossamer
> Condor, the first human
> powered flight.
>
>
> The first time was at an electric vehicle
> conference in Phoenix,
> Arizona.
> He graciously
> paused to talk and pose for a photography with
> one of his microlight
> aircraft models,
> which he'd been flying around the exhibition hall.
> Clearly, flight was
> his passion, and
> the financial pillar upon which the company he
> built, AeroVironment
> (AVinc) continues to
> prosper.
>
>
> The last time was just outside his Monrovia,
> California offices as he
> was getting ready to
> drive home from work in his Toyota RAV4
> electric car, which he was
> also indirectly
> responsible for helping create when his company
> developed the
> prototype of the electric car that would one day
> become the General
> Motors EV1. I took some more pictures of him and
> promised that we'd do
> a follow-up interview with him. Sadly, I didn't keep
> my promise and
> now that interview will
> never happen.
>
>
> I would love to have asked him his views today on
> the future of
> electric cars now that we
> appear to have the battery chemistry to make them
> happen, which we
> didn't have back when he and his team, led by Alec
> Brooks and Wally
> Rippel first tackled the problem of a modern
> electric vehicle. Those two gentlemen have since
> moved over to Tesla
> to continue their
> passionate pursuit
> of EVs.
>
>
> When I interviewed him back nearly 10 years ago
> now, he made an
> interesting comment about
> not thinking the electric car alone was the
> answer to the challenges
> facing personal
> mobility in the 21st century. When I asked him
> what he would design
> differently on the EV1, he remarked that he wasn't
> sure he'd even build
> the car today. Here's what he said to
> me back then.
>
>
> "The one great thing this whole electric car
> mandate in California has
> done," MacCready
> observed, "it's got people to start... thinking
> more broadly about
> what is mobility and what do we need. Gee, adding a
> zero emission car
> that maybe doesn't take any energy to the
> car fleet of California, doesn't do anything for
> pollution. Getting
> rid of an old car that's polluting a lot, that
> helps. But one more nice
> car just adds to traffic and parking
> problems. We have to look at the whole system of
> mobility rather than
> just a vehicle."
> When I give talks, I say that if everybody had a
> Massaratti that runs
> on Cold Fusion,
> would that be good? No, you'd have one big traffic
> jam. You'd look
> like Bangkok. So you have to look at mobility in
> broader terms
> including telecommuting where you don't go, you
> don't use any energy;
> land use planning, where the suburbs are, car
> pooling, mass transit,
> life style. You find yourself asking... you're
> talking about really big
> issues. Why are we here? What's the meaning of
> life? There are no
> simple answers. You can make a better car, but as
> long as we give
> gasoline away in the United States, we don't care
> about efficiency,
> who really wants an
> electric car?"
>
>
> MacCready believes that as long as the cost of
> gasoline represents
> only 15% of the life
> cycle costs of a vehicle there won't be much of
> a market for more
> energy efficient
> vehicles. Instead, he thinks we need to take a
> more fundamental view
> of mobility, how to economically provide it to
> everyone so that, for
> example in Los Angeles, we don't allocate
> 70% of the land for
> transportation infrastructure.
>
>
> "These are big issues," he stated," and just
> drawing on the
> thinking of the past,
> attitudes of the past, and thinking, 'Gee, how do
> we make a better
> car?' I think is very short-sighted. You draw back
> and say how do we
> provide people safe mobility of a type they
> really need and
> want."
>
>
> It's thinking like this that garnered him a "Hero
> of the Planet" award
> from Time magazine
> the following
> year.
>
>
> Paul... sorry I didn't do
> that interview.
>
>
> More Information on Dr. MacCready's
> many, many
> accomplishments.
> Wikipedia
> Bio
> Academy of
> Achievement
> Mister Impossible - EV
> World interview
>
>
> END STORY
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
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> --------
>
>
>
>




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