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P.O. Box 2192, Redondo Beach, CA 90278
February 2010

Next Meeting

Manhattan Bread and Bagel
1808 North Sepulveda Boulevard
Manhattan Beach

Wednesday, February 24
7:30 PM

Community Health Care

What resource do people without health insurance have? Many years ago the South Bay Free Clinic was founded and it has since become South Bay Family Health Care.

At this month's meeting Brooke McIntyre-Tuley and Joanne Silva from the clinic staff will tell us about the services and the unmet health care needs in our community.

This will be an opportunity to find out what's really going on with health care in the South Bay.

One of Los Angeles County's leading community clinics and largest safety net providers, South Bay Family Health Care (SBFHC) offers high-quality low- and no-cost health care to underserved populations in the South Bay and South Los Angeles County. Founded in 1969 as the South Bay Free Clinic, SBFHC has expanded over the last 40 years to accommodate a growing patient base. It now includes four conveniently located health centers--Redondo Beach, Gardena, and two in Inglewood--as well as a school-based clinic at Carson High School and a mobile health van, the Healthy Kids Express.

SBFHCis a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) serving more than 17,000 uninsured and underinsured people throughout the South Bay.

By Dency Nelson

As promised in last month's issue, here are the second six of "The Top 12 Plug-in Electric Vehicle Myths," paraphrased

and personalized by me for you, courtesy of Plug In America:

7. MYTH: EVs take too long to charge.

FACT: The most convenient place and time to charge is at home while you sleep. That's how I have "fueled" my car 90% of the time for the past 8 years. Even using the slowest 120-volt outlet, the car can be left to charge overnight, producing about 40 miles of range. Most new plug-in electric vehicles will charge from 240-volt outlets, which would provide double or triple the charge in the same amount of time. And charging stations like those the City of Hermosa beach is committing to install will reduce that charging time even more.

8. MYTH: Plug-ins are too expensive for market penetration.

FACT: New technologies are typically costly when first introduced. Then prices drop dramatically as competition and volume pricing come into play. (We saw this soon after cell phones and DVDs were first introduced.) Also, the government stimulus package includes a $2500 to $7500 tax credit for these cars, and some states like California offer an additional $5000 incentive. One must also factor in that these cars' electric "fuel" costs will be about 2 cents a mile or even less, and that these vehicles require almost no maintenance or repair: no oil or filter changes, no tune ups, no smog checks. After almost 8 years and almost 100,000 miles, I am on my third set of tires and my

third set of brakes. The only other things I've had to do to my car have been to rotate those tires every 6 months or so and to top off my brake and window washer fluids. That's been about it!

9. MYTH: Batteries will cost $15,000 to replace after only a few years.

FACT: The battery is the priciest part of a plug-in, and up until now, that definitely has been the major obstacle preventing the electric vehicle from becoming the overwhelming hands-down first choice for car buyers. But costs will drop as production increases, and the technology will improve. Some car makers plan to lease their batteries, so replacement won't be an issue. The Chevy Volt will have a 10-year battery warranty that would cover battery replacement.

10. MYTH: There isn't enough lithium in the world to make all the new batteries.

FACT: Even in the worst-case scenario (zero battery recycling, aggressive EV sales, and no new mining methods or sites), existing lithium stores will be sufficient for projected EV production for the next 75 years. Also, lithium comes from many countries (24% from the United States), so we won't be dependent on any one global region.

11. MYTH: Lithium batteries are dangerous and can explode.

FACT: Many kinds of lithium-ion batteries are found in all kinds of consumer electronic products, and some of those batteries have posed fire risks in some circumstances. These risks are being mitigated by the use of advanced-battery management systems and careful design that prevents "thermal runaway." Most plug-in vehicle makers are working with lithium battery types that have inherent safety advantages and provide more years of service.

12. MYTH: Most of us will still be driving

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