Movie studios, car rental companies, government agencies — all were wooed by proponents of electric cars, test drives and all, at Bob Hope Airport this week in an effort to increase the use of the zero- and low-emissions vehicles.
“An airport and a studio can serve as living laboratories of these technologies,” California Energy Commissioner Carla Peterman said after addressing the audience at a hangar at the airport, where several models were on display Thursday. “I would encourage airports and studios to not only adopt electric cars [and] alternative vehicles, but also alternative energy: solar panels, fuel cells.
“Imagine powering your car with solar panels. That's like driving on sunshine. That's where we're trying to go to in this state.”
She compared studios and airports to small cities — they have shops, security needs and significant on-site infrastructures that make them ideal testing grounds for adopting alternative vehicles and energy, she added.