What Will Little Boys Do? #FridaysForFuture #ClimateStrikeOnline

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.

ANYWAY, the Washington Post had a really helpful article about the probable near future of electric vehicles.

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?

Be nice to breath again, eh?

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: A selfish dream becomes a widely-felt benefit.

MA

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One thought on “What Will Little Boys Do? #FridaysForFuture #ClimateStrikeOnline

  1. acflory

    April 2, 2021 at 7:35pm

    I suspect I’ll be 90 before I can afford an EV, but at least when I or the Offspring do manage to get one, we’ll be able to charge them from our solar panels. I don’t have enough to go off grid, but should have enough to keep an EV charged and ready to go.
    I live in hope. 🙂
    I want to know the instant you get one…with pics, lots of pics. 😀

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      Marian Allen

      April 3, 2021 at 8:59am

      I ever get one, I’ll definitely take lots of pics! By that time, they’ll probably have holograph cameras. lol

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      • acflory

        April 3, 2021 at 5:31pm

        -sigh- I really want that to happen sooner rather than later! Talk about a challenge. 😀

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