electric vehicles

One of the barriers for drivers who are considering electric vehicles is that they don't find many places to plug in and charge up. What if that changed in a big way?

That's the theme for the upcoming Passport to Workplace Charging and Electric Vehicle Showcase. We discuss the state of electric vehicle usage; the increasing adoption of plug-in capacity; environmental impact; and more. Our guests:

  • Carolyn Levine, program lead for Rochester EV Accelerator
  • Shannon Ealy, manager of the Office of Future Leadership for the Rochester Chamber of Commerce
  • Sue Hopkins, EV driver
  • Ben Prochazka, vice president of the Electrification Coalition

Our Monthly Science Roundtable examines the technology behind electric vehicles.

The Tesla Model 3 hits the market in about 18 months. Priced at $35,000, the car is already in high demand: Tesla CEO Elon Musk says there are 400,000 pre-orders.

So what could mass-market, affordable electric vehicles mean for the future of the automotive industry and the environment? What's next for green auto technology? Are self-driving cars, as Musk says, "life-saving," or will they lead to more distracted driving? We discuss all of this and more with our guests:

  • Roger Dube, research professor at RIT and owner of a Tesla Model S
  • Jeffrey Botticello, third year mechanical engineering student at RIT and team manager for RIT’s Electric Vehicle Team
  • Derek Gutheil, fifth year mechanical and computer engineering student at RIT and member of RIT’s Electric Vehicle Team