A Long Way To Go

“California had 8.64 plug-in vehicle (PEV) registrations per 1,000 people in 2017, followed by Hawaii with 5.12, and Washington state with 4.06. Other states with PEV registrations per 1,000 people greater than two were Oregon, Vermont, Colorado, Arizona, and Maryland. Seventeen states plus the District of Columbia were between one and two PEV registrations per 1,000 people, while 25 states were below one. The average for the United States is 2.21 PEV registrations per 1,000 people.”
 
See FOTW #1059, December 10, 2018: California Had the Most Plug-in Vehicle Registrations per 1,000 People in 2017
The numbers are depressing, if you are a “glass half empty” kind of person. The way ahead is clear. It costs less and is much cleaner and more efficient to drive electrically, so what’s holding folks back? Lack of PEVs (Pluggable Electric Vehicles)? Sticker price? The unknown?

Fix that. Get to know EVs. See what’s on the market. Tell the makers what you like and don’t like. For God’s sake, stop buying gas-guzzlers! That will have the biggest effect on the uptake of PEVs as makers will make more.

One last thing. PEVs include hybrids. Those are just gas-guzzlers in disguise if you drive mostly on highways as I do. They cost more and still guzzle gasoline and stink up the place. Even if you drive in the city, hybrids don’t save nearly as much as a BEV (battery EV). If you live in or near a city you have no excuse not buying an EV except there are none on the sales lots. Fix that. Demand an EV or don’t buy any new vehicle. Just do it.

Soon, I will have my Solo EV. It’s coming slowly to market because it’s from a tiny startup short of cash and facilities. It will take years for Electra Meccanica Vehicles to make much difference but I’ve bought my last gas-guzzling personal vehicle. Solo is a special car designed for commuters and errand makers. It just carries me and my personal stuff wherever I want within 161km or so. That’s perfect for how I live. It will do most of what many others do too. It’s inexpensive to own and to operate. There’s nothing holding me back except the slow advance of production in China. It’s being shipped to USA first… Perhaps next year I can kick the gas-guzzling habit. TLW may take a while. I hope she loves mine enough to buy a second Solo.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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