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Environmentalists Want Everyone Driving Electric Cars Like Teslas

by Jason Ray Morton 4 months ago in electric

Why It's Unrealistic Comes Down To Numbers

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Have you heard the idea of driving electric cars is stupid? For each and every person in the country and around the world that believes Americans should embrace the technology of the electric car, I say “hell yeah!” But, as eco-friendly s that would be, it’s not feasible. It probably won’t be until somewhere around the time my driving days will be over and I imagine we’ll see a moon colony before we go 100% electric, and before we reach that net-zero emissions that the world needs us to make a reality.

Why Drive Electric?

Let’s start with Tesla. We can’t deny that the company changed the automobile industry and it was time that someone made the impact. There is now a cleaner, planet-friendly way to get around. Americans are perhaps the most mobile people in the country. In 2019 there were 259,000,000 registered vehicles in the United States. That’s an amazing number of fossil fuel-burning engines running up the highways and bi-ways of this country.

So, why drive electricity-powered vehicles? Let’s look at Tesla. Putting aside the initial purchase price, the operating costs of Tesla motor vehicles are significantly less than a gas guzzler. This is good, considering that the price of the tesla is significantly higher. The average price of an EV is currently in the Fifty-five-thousand dollar range. Similar models can be found with combustion engines, for ten to twenty-five thousand dollars less.

This sounds like a problem for most Americans as most Americans, especially in 2021, and what looks like through 2022, will struggle financially. Perhaps driving electric sounds good, but isn’t really feasible yet for most people.

But wait! What about the environment?

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Where To Charge Them?

If you think the lines to get gas during the 1970s gas crisis were bad, let’s imagine the issue with charging the electric cars that could help us save our environment. First of all, have you ever seen one? Depending on your location, you may not have seen one anywhere.

According to the statistics website statista.com there were only 113,600 charging outlets in the United States with 41,300 of them being in the state of California. Granted, California is a dammed mess and the environment out there is probably the worst of any area in the country besides the cities of New York and Chicago. Taking regular trips within a four to five-hour range for work, I decided to pay attention and see if I could notice one over a two-week period.

Typically, the rural areas are forgotten by big businesses like Tesla when it comes to marketing. We’re certainly forgotten by the politicians when it comes to deciding where to upgrade infrastructure. So, it looks like those electric cars will be what is filling up the highways around Los Angeles during gridlock. It’ll be nicer for the ones that are stuck there, but environmentally, not a big assist.

Trends

Is it just hard to break old habits? Well, yeah! But, as the green initiative advocates push for everyone to go green, I’d ask them the question, why don’t you start by making it widely accessible. Something as important as cleaner air, fewer carbon emissions, and a future on this planet for mankind should be more of a priority.

America, in 2019, purchased just 4% of the EV models sold in the world, leaving us far behind China and Europe. The trends aren’t looking any better, although, I personally would love to make enough extra to throw 80k into a tesla and a charging station at home. Sure, I’d only be driving it around the home area and on close-by trips, but that’s alright. The more of these vehicles out there that aren’t sucking up gas and belching CO2 into the environment, the better we are in the long run.

In America, the trend is likely to show over the next few years that American’s will be slow to adopt the EV technology into their everyday lives as it’s just not feasible. With so few charging stations, the storied “problems” of the electric vehicle batteries, and maintenance, and the fact that Americans are stubborn and don’t accept change well, even industry insiders don’t believe we’ll get anywhere close to Joe Biden’s net-zero mark, and certainly not in the next decade, much less 2050.

Photo by Giorgio Trovato on Unsplash

My Thought On EV Cars

I would absolutely drive one of these and do it proudly. That is, of course, presuming I had enough to have a charging station put in at my home, and there was suddenly a maintenance center somewhere convenient to my home area. That said, I have an idea for the industry, and for the leaders and politicians in America.

America’s spent a fortune on, well, nothing. America and our government are the kings of the giveaway. We continually are giving billions and billions, in some cases, hundreds of billions to foreign countries. America will spend tens of billions of dollars on investigations, committees, high dollar pensions for congress, and for people to stay home from work while fighting a pandemic.

The biggest fear is that to push things through to meeting agendas, and make certain leaders look good, is that they’ll start giving away electric vehicles. Unless they have a 13 trillion dollar stash somewhere, we are going to be taking our time until the electric car trend really takes off in the United States.

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Jason Ray Morton

I have always enjoyed writing and exploring new ideas, new beliefs, and the dreams that rattle around inside my head. From the current state of the world to the fantastical ideas of science I've enjoyed exploring them. Time to share them.

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