You Are Not Alone America Hates Electric Cars [Updated]

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You Are Not Alone. America Hates Cars [Updated]

Electric are terrible. They just They’re a solution for a problem we have. Or rather, they’re a for a problem we aren’t about to our sprawling, big-ass cities with things we can’t to buy yet must haul around. kids.)

Modern electric make about as much as rooftop airports. They’re tickets to a more-or-less inevitable that hasn’t actually For most of the American market, the advantage electric cars over gasoline-powered vehicles is the to daydream about a time their decision to drive in the place doesn’t hurt the

Even auto executives with me (as much as it pains me to say two-thirds of a couple hundred executives think electrics and combined won’t make a in the market until 2025.

My just bought a few acres of farmland outside of Kansas Missouri, on which she built a Her husband commutes 40 miles way to work downtown. They a lot of money on gas, but far less it would take to make the on a new electric car.

That’s pretty normal those parts, as it is in all but the few densely coastal cities.

I was staying the with a pal of mine in his new house in De Kansas, another theoretical of Kansas City. To ride my from my sister’s place—where just taken the kids a nearby corn maze to my niece and nephews what it like when five-hundred teenagers paw each other in a to De Soto took over an And that was normal.

That’s what people in the midwest do. drive and drive and drive.

you think of the 1920s, you don’t of sleek diesel-electric locomotives. You of coughing steam and whistles and of coal peppered with fingers at levels well the federal limit.

But back in the swish gentlemen with top and homburgs were clambering on iron engines powered by Electric diesel-electric engines, their ingenuity with tipples and proclaiming themselves of the future of transportation.

They wrong—or right—by about years.

United States coal for transportation—largely in rail transport those coal-fired steam wouldn’t really take off nerds started building ironically in the ’90s)—didn’t really see a until the 1950s. Yet by 1960, was but a rounding error in American down from 1,727 BTU in 1949 to just 88 trillion BTU in

The vision of diesel-electric rail was extant for half a century, but the and technology took a long to make economic, practical


The Nissan Leaf. one of the best—or at more car-like—electric vehicles on the has a full-charge range of 73 miles. I have made it back for that night if I were in a

Long commutes are not what an car is for, I’m told. But why The United States developed our around the ideas of cheap and cheap asphalt. (Still the cost-effective road-creation system If EVs like the Leaf aren’t to be used as sole transportation for a then we’re selling machines to people because as of a possible future, while them the hassle in the present is a drive an impractical, expensive car and you’re setting up a better

Except today, right electric cars are bad vehicles by of range alone. (I’ll the cars-and-passion argument by the wayside for not every vehicle has to inspire a of driving and sport, I suppose, I will accept Why not? as a reasonable counterargument that. day.)

Hybrids are worse. you seen the fuel economy of the gasoline-powered small car? Fiesta (A fairly fun car, by the 29 MPG city, 39 MPG highway.

The more-or-less sporty (but far less Honda CR-Z. 35 MPG city, 39 MPG Come on.

We’re still about vehicles in which of the power derived from fuels, with only a increase of fuel economy.

The Toyota Prius gets you up to then you’re driving a A Prius that still all of its power from fossil

(I won’t even try to advocate for small cars like wacky Europeans love. We a diesel infrastructure here in the States, but it’s far from after you leave the slabs of highways.)

You can abstract almost every of energy down to raw power. And you There is a finite amount of sunlight on this planet and a amount of raw materials.

In 2010 the States still made 83% of our from fossil fuels—much of we burnt to generate the electricity was sloppily sent down a inefficient power grid to up the batteries of our electric cars. which we made by expending energy to pull lithium, and aluminum out of the ground .

It’s not I think electric cars are forever. It’s inevitable in another couple of decades, range will increase as capacity improves. Maybe by battery capacity will the astoundingly high energy of gasoline. There’s simply too money being poured battery research to stop (Even if it will just as come from companies on making a better iPad car battery companies are approaching saturation in the current economy.) if China’s any example, solar be as cheap as coal in another or ten years.

At that point, the hazy the limit.

But today, right in the middle of a terrible recession and a material hangover from of unchecked consumption, I can’t someone in the eye who’s about to buy first car and say, Look, buy electric vehicle. It’s not fun. It’s not what you

You can’t really haul It’s very likely not any for the environment. But it is very, very Especially for the hours and hours it to charge.

Fortunately, it looks Americans are smart enough I have to: According to a report today, Americans bought a total of just 20,000 vehicles in 2011. (About a of those sold were the Volt, too, which is fully electric for the first 40

Non-electric vehicles? Almost 14

Update . Boing Boing Maggie Koerth-Baker, my brilliant from another mister ), takes on my position point by in a realistic sort-of rebuttal :

3) you, electric cars are fun to

Look, I know this is subjective. But not fun, Johnson? Have you gotten a chance to the accelerator on a Nissan Leaf on a of empty one-way street? I have.

And it’s hella Electric motors don’t gears the way internal combustion do. Which means, when you you just keep accelerating, the slow-down that accompanies shift up. Which means slammed back in your like you’re riding a rocket ship to the moon. it’s silent.

How is that not If I buy an electric car, I am going to get many speeding tickets**. I that’s pretty much the definition of a fun car.

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