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[EVDL] A Giant Passes - Paul MacCready

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Wow, I'm sorry to hear that. I remember the Arizona EV expo where I met
him, Otmar and Rod Wilde. It was really cool seeing him fly his ultralight
(I think dragonfly) aircraft around the exhibit hall. I always see
AeroVironment at the EV shows, Monaco, etc and enjoy checking out their fast
chargers and other accomplishments. Many great people have come from his
organization like Alan Cocconi the inventor of the EV-1 control and the
Tesla folk's you mentioned below. (I've seen his human powered designs at
the Smithsonian as well).

have a renewable energy day,

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Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2007 07:30:25 -0700 (PDT)
From: Joe Buford <[email protected]>
Subject: [EVDL] A Giant Passes - Paul MacCready (1925 - 2007)
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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.
>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
> 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
> It's thinking like this that garnered him a "Hero
>of the Planet" award
>from Time magazine
> the following
> Paul... sorry I didn't do
>that interview.
> More Information on Dr. MacCready's
>many, many accomplishments.
> Wikipedia
> Academy of
> Mister Impossible - EV
>World interview

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