Saturday, May 28, 2011

Gas or Electric?

by Lorna Barrett / Lorraine Bartlett / L.L. Bartlett

Electric_car_10954 There's been a lot of talk about electric cars.  In theory, these things are great.  I'm all for seeing our country less dependent on foreign oil.  It's dirty and it's expensive.  But do I want an electric car?

First off, they're not exactly attractive.  Take this little beauty for instance.  Only it's just NOT beautiful.  In fact, it reminds me of a tuna can. Okay, I drive a minivan, and they aren't known for being a sexy car, either, but I bought it for utility.  I haul around a lot of stuff--furniture, etc.  I need something that can handle more than two bags of groceries at a time.

Would I feel comfortable driving that little tuna can on wheels around town?  I think not.  And not just because it's funny looking, but it's TINY.  Can you imagine getting hit by an SUV (or a dump truck) while driving that car?  (Can you say "squashed like a bug?")  I'm not sure I'd want a hybrid for the same reason.  They're small.  (Hey, I've been in an accident in a small car.  I didn't sustain any injuries, but the car was so messed up it was on life support.)

Coal_fired_power_plant And then there's the whole issue of fuel.  Sure, it sounds good to just plug in your car and then take off, but think about where that power comes from.  A lot of electric plants are fueled by coal.  Even if you've got a nuclear power plant nearby, are you really comfortable thinking about what can happen?  Might I mention the Fukushima plant in Japan.  Oh sure, we're not planning a tsunami on the shores of Lake Ontario any time soon, but the Fukushima plant isn't the only one built on an active fault line.

Deloreon But I do like the idea of an electric car.  One that runs on solar power.  Or maybe the DeLorean from Back to the Future that (eventually) runs on banana peels and old coffee grounds.  Now that's a fuel source I could get behind.

Meanwhile, I guess I'm stuck with my minivan.

Is there an electric car in your future?

12 comments:

Dru said...

I don't think so. I like cute cars. Besides no one wants me behind the wheel of a car.

Booklady said...

I might consider driving a hybrid, but not an electric car like the one in the picture. I too worry about getting crushed. I don't even really like to ride in a regular car. I drive a Ford Escape - smaller than a mini-van/regular size SUV, but roomier than a car. It's like the Little Bear's Bead - just right. Of course, my dream car is not necessarily good for the environment, but it's oh so cool and classy: a convertible candy apple red 64 1/2 Mustang. That will be my first purchase if I win the lottery (after I pay bills and tithe of course.)

Marcia Applegate said...

My requirements for a car are simple: safety, safety, safety, followed by comfort, then style. I don't want to be embarrassed by my transportation. As proof, I drive a 1987 Oldsmobile 88 LS, keep it in excellent condition, intend to get 300,000 miles from it, it still gets around 20 miles to the gallo. I feel safe in it. It's safe and comfortable,still what I consider stylish in the grand dame fashion. No clue what I'll do when it goes off to the auto graveyard.

Anonymous said...

Some things are MEANT to be plugged in. Your toaster, your coffeemaker. Your car? I dunno.

signlady217 said...

I figure if I wait long enough, the price will come down and the quality/"cool" factor will go up. Or I'll be too old to drive anyway. :)

Laura said...

I think electric cars are good idea but don't go car enough on one charge and takes time to recharge. Need to be much improved and cheaper. Good to and from work option. I drive a Mazda Miata convertible and husband drives a Honda Fit. Sure there will not be one of the tuna car cans in our garage any time soon.

Linda McDonald said...

Maybe sometime in the future I would consider an electric car...once they have been around for quite a long time. I would not get one of those tiny cars you have pictured in this blog. I worked for the sheriff's dept and literally responded to hundreds of auto accidents over the years and I would not want to be in one of those teeny-tiny cars getting hit by anything.

deeszoo said...

I am waiting for the solar powered car. Sprint just came out with a solar powered phone, so can a car be too far behind?

Laura K. Curtis said...

I'll buy an electric car when I can afford the Tesla!

Lover of Books said...

I would say no cause I thougt they drip water out of their exhaust and that is not practical in Minnesota. Plus I have kids to take everywhere with me.

Chaplain Jan said...

Because of my arthritis it is easier getting in & out of a vehicle that sits higher than the standard car. I currently drive a '95 Jeep Cherokee & love it (except for the gas mileage). However it has 306,000 miles on it. When it comes time to replace the Jeep, I'm thinking about a Ford Escape Hybrid - or some other smallish SUV hybrid.

Vickie said...

When we get back in the market for a new car, we will go hybrid or possibly electric. It would be our car for work. We'd keep the gas sucker for travel. No more flying for us.