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Electric Vehicles: a solution to a non-existent (real) problem

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No question: electric cars aren’t taking America by storm. They just aren’t there yet. To assume they are is to ignore the facts. But hey, you have got to start somewhere. At least, TRC thought so. Until I read this take down of the electric vehicle from Jalopnik that just about blew my thinking-brain into tiny bits.

I love these kinds of posts because you can read two paragraphs and see that the argument is just totally ridiculous. Here’s those two paragraphs:

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

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

There you have it America, straight from Joel Johnson. Electric Vehicles are terrible, and they suck, and they solve a problem we don’t have. Unless of course you think that problem is inevitable, like Johnson does a few sentences later, where we are looking to get to a solution to a problem that we aren’t going to change in the first place even though that future is inevitable? What?

This is how the rest of the article reads, and it makes me dizzy. Either we have an inevitable problem on our hands that EVs are the solution to, in which case we need to continue down the EV model, or we don’t have a problem at all, and EVs are just shitty cars that fancy-dans will buy because they are idiots.

Eventually, Johnson says, EVs might be okay. But just in case the future where EVs are needed might be possible, Johnson is just too happy to celebrate that nobody ever likes or should buy one because a solution to a problem that is not actually real but might be inevitable is an unnecessary solution, because the inevitable problems are better off not being worried about now, but you know, when that problem is right on top of us.

Thanks for the heads up, Joel Johnson!

Written by Christopher ZF

January 6, 2012 at 14:20

Posted in electric vehicles