Obviously, our transportation system is evolving quickly, especially here, in California. I believe that economics already favor emissions-free vehicles, and that this advantage will only increase in years to come; in some ways, I think technology and markets will get help to get us where we need to go in ways that will be less painful than we fear.
Just a couple of examples.
Business Week magazine last week had an article talking about this, and the fact that there are at least 5 EV models now available in the US that are already the same first cost, and lower life cycle cost compared to gas-fired cars. This trend will continue and accelerate. (HERE).
Obviously, ou Governor has mandated that by 2035, it will not be possible to buy a gas-fired car in California. (HERE).
One set of comments on the CAP says we should ask the Town to walk the talk; that is, we should be looking at electrifying our fleet, and showing the community that this is feasible. We are not the only town to be talking about this; even in the Midwest, towns are electrifying their fleets. (HERE).
Old-line carmakers are becoming more profitable and seeing their stock prices tick upwards as they shift towards electrification. (HERE); and (HERE).
Governments continue to incentivize people to buy these emission-less vehicles by making them even less expensive. (HERE).
Some manufacturers are practically giving away new hydrogen-fueled fuel cell cars (I will talk more about this next time). (HERE).
And, the Federal government is now talking about incentives for e-bikes, an entirely new way to think about transportation. (HERE). And, of course, bicycling not only saves the planet; it not only saves money; it also saves lives. (HERE).
So, let's not be afraid of what we might fear the costs of electric vehicles are today. Lets vow that we will be the Town that changes America. Let's be the Town that starts by walking and cycling and using the bus and ferry as much as we can. Let's be the Town that vows to never buy another gas car again, because they are going to become dinosaurs. Let's lean into the trends, take advantage of the ever evolving incentives, and lets overcome this challenge of perception. Let's not let fear stand in our way. We can do this.