Letters to the Editor

Electric cars are catching up

Over the last two decades, I’ve heard so much talk about utilizing the cleanest of renewable sources of energy, all the while solar energy – the cleanest, most potent and least finite – has essentially been wasted.

The best example of such collective head-in-sand mentality is that of the virtual monopoly of vehicular propulsion energy – i.e. fossil fuel mass extraction, consumption and pollution.

As a teenager, I swallowed the convenient excuse for suppressing a transition to the mass production of electric cars, one con argument being that it’s too inefficient because its 0-60 m.p.h. pull-away power and torque capability is incompatible to the petroleum-powered car.

Well, some things have changed since then.

The latest electric car technology has it making the 0-60 m.p.h. run in better time than that of a fossil fuel-powered car of the same weight plus aerodynamic and tire quality.

As for the many other non-vehicular dependents of fossil fuel, such as the containers in which lubricants are packaged, they would have to be flatly denied veto power over such a progressive, profound transition to solar energy dependence.

 

Frank G. Sterle, Jr.,  White Rock

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