I’ve wanted an electric car since they first caught my attention back in the 1980s. It’s becoming more and more likely I’ll get to have one while I can still drive.
Are electric cars affordable? That depends on what you can afford, duh. I was not happy to learn that Indiana charges extra for registration for an electric or hybrid vehicle. It kinda sorta makes sense: Indiana taxes gas purchases to help fund highway upkeep, so they lose money on cars that use no or less gas. I guess if I’m saving money on gas, I should kick in for the upkeep of the roads I still use.
Here’s a fun fact: The transportation sector is the biggest source of planet-warming emissions in the United States.
Here’s another: The majority of those emissions come from cars and light-duty trucks — the vehicles people drive to work, school, the grocery store and grandma’s house.Sarah Kaplan
But isn’t electricity produced by fossil fuels?
Sarah has an aswer for that:
…battery electric vehicles are between 60 and 100 percent efficient. Even if the electricity that powers them comes from fossil fuel sources, they’re using a lot less of it, so their emissions are far lower.Sarah Kaplan
Some states have incentives for buying EVs. Some don’t. Here’s a database.
And, once you have your EV, where can you charge it? At home, maybe, but where else? What if you’re on a trip?
Here’s a map, showing where you can charge up. You can even plot a trip, which sounds a lot more nefarious than it generally is, and see where to charge up along the way or at your destination.
I really hope the infrastructure investment in EVs, especially for those who can’t afford one but could benefit from public transportation that doesn’t belch emissions all over them, comes to pass. Dream come true.
Plus, it’s good for the planet. Two dreams come true.
But EVs are silent. What will little boys do when they play with cars?
A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: A selfish dream becomes a widely-felt benefit.