[Oeva-list] the lone 'ranger'
Theoldcars at aol.com
Theoldcars at aol.com
Fri Apr 22 15:40:05 PDT 2011
I agree on many points in your post until you say
"but for now, it's a "fanatics" car."
You are entitled to your point of view but you might consider the
Most vehicles are a compromise of some sort. A high end sports car will
do little else well. If you need to haul large heavy items a pickup is a far
better choice. If you have a family a mini van might be the ideal vehicle.
Just as there are many vehicles do some things very well and for other
uses are near worthless. There are many people who have all three of the
above. A fun sports car they might only drive once in a while. A pick up or a
vehicle capable of pulling a trailer. Then a general household vehicle which
many times ends up racking up the bulk of the local trips.
If a person has a sports car or a pick up I doubt most people would
consider either of them a fanatics car. Around 90 percent of the general
population drive less then 40 miles a day. I would say it is fanatical to require a
vehicle that can drive 300 miles if you only need 30 or 40 miles of range.
Just as it makes sense to use the ICE model that fits the application. Why
not have an extra vehicle that is not powered by imported oil? It is
logical to use an EV if it meets a majority of your transportation
requirements. Unfortunately there is a vast misunderstanding of EVs by the general
population. I still get questioned all the time on how fast does it go? Then a
look of surprise on their face that an EV can exceed legal freeway speeds.
Lan brought up a good point that electric is a far less expensive fuel. It
is also an energy supply we can one way or another manufacture here. The
more money a family has to pay for transportation the less funds it has for
other needs. Demand causes prices to increase so if everyone uses oil we
all have to pay more. There is no free lunch so that quick fill up with 300
miles of range is costing a far more then the price at the pump.
My father who was an adult during the great depression felt if you cannot
afford to pay for something in full you should not be buying it. As a
nation we cannot afford our oil imports. Our current solution of printing money
that is worth less and less is not sustainable. If we continue to pay for
imported oil like this it is only a matter of time until our economy
collapses. It's not that gold is going up in value the dollar is falling and
falling hard. In the last 5 years the value of gold has increased 300 percent.
Gold prices for now are 1500 dollars an ounce. This is becoming a very
unstable world market when so much of our money is being held by other countries
for oil. Other countries are not going to continue to take our dollars
when they keep going down in value. For a while they will accept more dollars
per barrel but for how long?
In the long run the best solution is use as little energy from oil as
possible. To use the Leaf as an example if it was a common vehicle it would
vastly reduce our dependence on imported oil. Just like any other vehicle it is
not a 100 percent solution but it would work for the majority. Vehicles
are like tools and you should use the one you need to get the job done. If
you don't use a tool very often it is a common practice to go rent one. The
same thought process should be applied to vehicles.
There are many reasons not to use oil for local transportation. Not
everyone agrees if their all valid or if there are other good alternatives.
However as a nation our future depends on what we do now. It is imperative that
we reduce our importing of oil as soon as possible. It is a mistake to put
off what we can do today because it might be a slight inconvenience once
in a while.
Everyone knows the term freedom is not free. Freedom has a price and in
this case it might be our general population misconceptions and fears
enslaving our nation to a single fuel supply. If the majority of people believe an
EV is an inconvenient fanatic's vehicle our freedom is linked to a gas
station. A fuel we should not be buying because we are not self sufficient and
we cannot afford it.
In a message dated 4/20/2011 12:00:14 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
oeva-list-request at oeva.org writes:
Things will get better with EV's eventually, as battery performance is
better characterized, leading to better milage predictions, as tools to
forcast demand get better and as range improves.. but for now, it's a
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