Many people do not want an electric car – period. Irrespective of its range, cost or time to recharge. Exactly what is wanted, by the people who want there to be fewer cars.
These people – who hate cars, period – have been working toward their goal of ending car culture for at least the past 50 years. By which is meant a society based around mobility as opposed to transportation.
There is plenty of transportation in the urban hives – but mobility is limited. You cannot take a train or bus wherever you like, whenever you like. And that is precisely what the people who despise cars do like. They – “urban planners,” “activists” – are now open about their hatred for cars, period – which for a time they pretended centered upon the pollution caused by cars. But their hatred did not abate when pollution from cars effectively ceased to be a legitimate issue some 30 years ago.
What they actually hate is the mobility that a car gives its owner. The license to go wherever one likes, whenever one likes. It is random, often spontaneous. It is driven by the individual – and the individually different wants and needs and unpredictable preferences of millions of individual drivers, each doing as they like, when they like.
This drives the urban planner types batty because it upsets their . . . plans. It is hard to keep you on their schedule, basically.
Every attempt to get cars out of people’s hands prior to this “electrification” business failed spectacularly, precisely because of the powerful love so many have for mobility rather than transportation.
For their cars, that is.
The “safety” issued was addressed – and so it was no longer possible to scare people out of cars. The “pollution” issue was addressed, by all-but-eliminating it, back in the ’90s. “Gas mileage” was attempted and it worked at getting rid of the big cars average people used to be able to drive – but a work-around was found and now people drive big SUVs and pick-ups instead. This has had an effect upon the mental state of the car-haters very much the same as showing one’s face has upon a “masker.”
Ergo, the solution is to pour ice water upon those warm feelings. To chill people’s affection for cars.
“Electrification” will do just that.
Even if a way is found to reduce the cost of owning and driving an electric car to about the same (or even less) than the cost of owning an otherwise similar non-electric car, millions of people will never buy electric cars because they do not feel anything for electric cars.
Except, of course, when they catch fire.
That is about the only time they make one feel anything. Their much-touted “ludicrous speed” is exciting at first – like the first time you ride one of those fast-moving horizontal escalators at the airport. But – like standing on the fast-moving escalator – it’s less so with each successive ride.
After awhile, it’s just . . . transportation.
The urban planner types understand this. Know they must sever the emotional bond that has connected people to cars since the dawn of the car age. It is much better, from their point-of-view, to cause people to lose interest in cars and decide on their own (as they will think they are deciding) to simply stop driving them than it is to try to wrest the keys to a car (or pick-up) they love out of their hands.
The expense (including the time cost) of electric cars helps, of course – just the same as the expense involved in acquiring a rifle capable of selective fire helps dampen the enthusiasm of people who would otherwise like to own a rifle capable of selective fire. But it has to go deeper than that. The appeal of the thing itself must be done away with. Few would line up to pay the exorbitant fees and deal with all the government rigamarole one must deal with in order to legally own a rifle capable of selective fire if the rifle didn’t fire. It is just that quality that summons emotions and those emotions are what surmount impediments.
Get rid of the emotions and you have surmounted the “car problem” – as those who hate cars see it.
If they are successful, there will be fewer cars – not so much because people cannot afford electric cars but because millions of people have no interest in electric cars. Buying one would be like dating another man – if you’re a straight man. Just the same, when the only cars are electric cars, those who love cars will stop wanting – and buying – them.
Voila! Problem solved.
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