Originally Posted by Skripka
I'd rather we move willingly or no to ceasing burning crap to move from point A to point B. In the US we have a stupid number of cars on the road relative to the population. With electric vehicles we at least are lessening the # of cars in the US burning crap and putting chemicals in the air. As I said many times in this thread CO2 is not the only thing coming out of your tailpipe.
Cheap gas is good in the short term for our wallets, but in the long term causes automakers and inventors to post-pone or cease efforts to getting off gas. We've had non-ICE vehicles for over half a decade now-one of the many reasons no one has put serious effort into R&Ding the tech until really now (a la Volt/Leaf) is because with cheap gas no one cares about mileage/efficiency that much.
Detroit was fat and happy making Hummer-type vehicles and folks were fine buying them. Didn't care about R&Ding electric vehicles...until gas prices spiked, and now the Hummer brand itself is retired I believe.
Problem is, we all still have to travel the same distances. If gas prices go up, and we move to electric vehicles, which are more costly to run than current efficient ICE-based cars, then the monthly expenses will still be higher than they are now.
If we want this economy to get back into shape, we need to be spending LESS money on transportation, not more. I firmly believe that high gas prices kick-started the recession in the summer of '08. This is one reason I am not an advocate of electric vehicles - they're expensive to purchase and maintain, even with the taxpayer subsidies
As far as pollution, well, plenty of people have lived through the industrial ages and survived to 100+. I'm fine with the current amounts of pollutants in the air. If you REALLY believe that we need cleaner air, then show me some proof that dirty air, caused by consumer vehicles
, is causing deaths or illness. Last I checked, people-moving vehicles were the source of a very very small portion of overall pollution in the US.
Oh, and what makes you think that batteries are any cleaner/safer than gasoline engines in the first place? Have you actually looked at the entire process for creating the batteries placed in electric vehicles? And the disposal? It's ridden with pollution far more toxic than anything produced from internal combustion. But of course, the environmentalists don't ever mention that part of it (or just hold blindly to the falsity that electric cars will somehow save our planet, and don't bother to even look into it).
We've had electric vehicles for a century now, not just 5 years. They've failed every time in the past, and they'll probably fail again. Time will tell... and I can only hope the efficient and proven methods of the ICE will prevail.