“While governments have money to spend on things such as electric car-charging stations and light rail transit, that spending will do little to benefit seniors.”
See Time for seniors to stand up to governmentsI stumbled upon an article written a few years ago griping about the situation of seniors, mostly related to taxation. I guess it takes all kinds but I noticed the line at the right about governments promoting electric vehicles. These can really be a benefit to seniors like me.
I’m likely to be driving for about a decade if I don’t die sooner as I still have good hand-eye coordination, know how to use mirrors and speedometers etc. To me, an electric car is absolutely wonderful. Because there are so few moving parts compared to a car with an internal combustion engine (ICE), I won’t have to waste my precious dollars nor dwindling time on repairs, oil-changes, and fuel. I can go on an outing with a full charge and return with no trouble at all and just plug it in, just like many people do for winter driving anyway. The more public EV charging stations there are the less it will cost me to drive. Sure, this is mostly a benefit to younger people commuting to work but it is definitely a blessing for seniors.
Let me tell you about being a senior… If I need to maintain my gas-guzzler, I have to make a phone-call. Yes, there is a website for that, but you still have to confirm by phone; the dealership calls back to verify stuff. I hate that. Young people on the phone talk way too fast for me. I have poor short-term memory so I’m constantly in a confused state and if I have to write something down, I’m further distracted. It’s really a problem. I don’t have that problem on the web. I can read at several times the speed I can comprehend speech on a telephone. That’s just the way I am. I hate to be forced to use a telephone just because I drive a gas-guzzler. I’m getting an electric car to be done with that. TLW (The Little Woman) can arrange her own service in the future….
If I’m driving a gas-guzzler, I get into trouble. The thing can drive 550km on a tank of gasoline and I just can’t endure such a long episode and sometimes I forget to get a rest stop. An electric car with a range of 160km on a charge is perfect for me. I get enforced frequent stops and I have to plan the trip in detail to visit charging stations. I love to do that. It keeps my brain engaged.
An electric car is quiet. That does pose some danger to pedestrians who trust their ears to safety but I love it. I can listen to music (oldies stuff, of course) better while I drive. I can hear the noise of the tires and detect the slightest problem with them early. It’s one less thing about which to worry. An electric car has no exhaust. Of course that’s good for the atmosphere but I hate being near an engine cranking out whatnot by the ton. It’s just foul gases for no benefit to anyone.
Why should I not be happier and spending less in my old age? Governments, go on promoting electric vehicles. Help a senior today! Manitoba, where’s our subsidy? BC, Ontario and Quebec have them to benefit seniors and others and to promote electric vehicles. Why not Manitoba with an abundance of renewable energy?