Not only do electric cars threaten all those gas stations on every corner, but also the auto-mechanics and car parts stores:
Mechanic worries that electric-car brakes will ruin his business
Joe Ferrer says that brakes are easily 35 to 40 percent of his total business. Replacing rotors, calipers, and pads keeps his shop humming.
But on hybrids, brake jobs aren’t needed every 15,000 miles as they are on conventional cars–more like 45,000 miles, he says.
Those regenerative braking systems reduce the impact when braking and extend the life of the brake pads.
Of course, this isn’t the only thing that will change, Jiffy Lube will also be hurt. Electric vehicles (EV’s) get rid of nearly all the liquid lube in cars, so that means no more oil changes.
What is going to happen to all that land currently used for gas stations, Jiffy Lubes, and mechanics shops?
CES 2011 is approaching and the DC Tech community is representing. A quick round-up shows at least 10 of us going. Here is the robot’s guide to the best keynotes, sessions, parties, awards, showdowns, and private events. Let me know if I missed anything!
DC Tech Representing
With a ton of us going it would be great to keep us united to for chatting and support. Here is my shortlist of those attending, please, comment if I left you out:
- Amy Senger & Steven Mandzik
- Alex Priest (works for CEA)
- Shana Glickfield (for NextGenWeb)
- Rachelle Lacroix
- Peter Corbett (of iStrategyLabs)
- Leslie Bradshaw and Jesse Thomas (of Jess3)
- Jen Consalvo and Frank Gruber (of Techcocktail)
- Amy Phillips, Amy Webb, & Mario Armstrong (from Baltimore!)
Amy and I will be attending for the Digital Hollywood and Technology and the Environment tracks. This year seems to be the year of digital media at CES with so much going on around Movies and TV. Here are my potential favorites:
Our next reason for attending is the green side for the non-profit, A Clean Life. Strange that this track only has two events considering that the conference sells itself as the greenest conference on the continent. Those two sessions:
Last but not least is the TweetHouse. Sure to be the powerhouse of the conference due to the sheer amount energy social networking brings to the table. The sessions:
- Social Media In Action: Philosophies, Strategies and Tactics
- Measurement and ROI: How To Quantify Costs and Results
- Campaigns that Connect: What Drives Engagement, Traffic, and Goodwill?
- Growing your Community: Fans, Followers, Members, and More
- Monitoring and Mining Social Data
- Workflow and Staffing: Maximizing Impact While Minimizing Effort and Expense
- Apps, Geo and Mobile: Critical Arenas for 2011
Events, Parties, and Keynotes
The rest of CES is where it’s at with the showroom floor and the events galore. The top hits I’ve dug up so far:
Finally, there is a CES iphone app for the conference and if you want to catch some quiet time join Amy and I in the press or blogger lounge.