Saw Elon’s Cybertruck today at L.A.’s Peterson Museum. It was bigger in person than in pictures. I won’t buy one, though at a base price of $49,000 they’re relatively cheap for a monster of a mover that can go a minimum of 250 miles on a single charge and tow at least 7,500 lbs.
Did I mention it can be driven on sunshine?
That’s what I’ve done since 2002 when the ex and I went solar, then got our first EV, charging it at home with electricity generated by the sun. We took out a small loan for the panels, but we long since paid that off (though now solar is zero down). So today, still driving an EV, I still drive on sunshine. And though I don’t drive much, the electric bill for my car and home is $5 to $11 per month.
Yep, I’ll repeat that.
The electric bill for my car and home is $5 to $11 per month. Plus, my ride is zero emission and I don’t burn carbon to turn on the lights.
Yes, the question is why everyone doesn’t do this. Well, it’s much easier if you own a home. Public charging isn’t yet where it needs to be. And you can’t go solar if you rent. But millions of American homeowners still rely on old dinosaur remains and pollute the air and warm the earth with their gasoline cars, and pay high electricity bills for mostly dirty energy instead of relying on that infinite source of clean power in the sky.
So back to the question: Well, the largely twofold answer is all over this website: villains who deny climate change are running the government–they’re not exactly what you’d call renewable energy advocates–and money in politics.
So here’s the solution: if you can, get an electric car (every automaker makes them now and used ones are quite affordable) and you won’t be lining the pockets of the oil companies that spend millions to re-elect the villains. It’s that simple, even if you don’t need a monster of a car, although I hope lots of truck drivers and others who want something bigger go for it. I have a feeling they will.